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...
New York :
W.W. Norton & Co.,
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- 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
- Mountain men
- Taos trappers and Astor's empire
- Fall of the beaver
- The last robe
- Epilogue: End of an era.