Fur, fortune, and empire : the epic history of the fur trade in America

For all of fur's contentious position in American culture today, historian Eric Jay Dolin shows its centrality in our nation's ever-surprising history. He argues that the trade in animal skins turned colonial America into a tumultuous frontier where global powers battled for control. From...

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Main Author: Dolin, Eric Jay.
Format: Book
Published: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2010.
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Table of Contents:
  • Pt. 1. Furs settle the New World
  • "As fine a river as can be found"
  • The precious beaver
  • New Amsterdam rising
  • "The Bible and the beaver"
  • pt. 2. Clash of empires
  • Competition, conflict, and chicanery
  • "Many hounds are the hare's death"
  • Adieu to the French
  • Americans oust the British
  • pt. 3. America heads West
  • "A perfect golden round of profits"
  • Up the Missouri
  • Astoria
  • Mountain men
  • Taos trappers and Astor's empire
  • Fall of the beaver
  • The last robe
  • Epilogue: End of an era.