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The daring trader : Jacob Smith in the Michigan Territory, 1802-1825

Author: Kim Crawford
Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, ©2012.
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Overview: A fur trader in the Michigan Territory and confidant of both the U.S. government and local Indian tribes, Jacob Smith could have stepped out of a James Fenimore Cooper novel. Controversial, mysterious, and bold during his lifetime, in death Smith has not, until now, received the attention he deserves as a pivotal figure in Michigan's American period and the War of 1812. This is the exciting and unlikely  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jacob Smith; Jacob Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Crawford
ISBN: 9781611860269 1611860261
OCLC Number: 751922117
Description: xiv, 305 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1: Witness to murder: Saginaw, 1802 --
2: Saginaw Trail --
3: Trouble in Detroit --
4: War clouds --
5: War in the Michigan territory --
6: Arrest of Jacob Smith --
7: I pray you inform me-the character of Jacob Smith --
8: Abduction to Saginaw --
9: Return of the Boyer children --
10: Jacob Smith versus Louis Campau, 1815 --
11: Peace --
12: Conclude a treaty for the country upon the Saginac Bay --
13: Treaty councils begin --
14: He was smart as steel --
15: Mounting trouble, mounting debt --
16: U S vs Jacob Smith --
17: He was dissipated and bad in his habits --
18: It is the last stir of the dying wind --
19: No one was more anxious to secure advantage than Smith --
20: White man takes away what he bought of the Indians --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Kim Crawford.

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Overview: A fur trader in the Michigan Territory and confidant of both the U.S. government and local Indian tribes, Jacob Smith could have stepped out of a James Fenimore Cooper novel. Controversial, mysterious, and bold during his lifetime, in death Smith has not, until now, received the attention he deserves as a pivotal figure in Michigan's American period and the War of 1812. This is the exciting and unlikely story of a man at the frontier's edge, whose missions during both war and peace laid the groundwork for Michigan to accommodate settlers and farmers moving west. The book investigates Smith's many pursuits, including his role as an advisor to the Indians, from whom the federal government would gradually gain millions of acres of land, due in large part to Smith's work as an agent of influence. Crawford paints a colorful portrait of a complicated man during a dynamic period of change in Michigan's history.

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DISCLAIMER: Kim Crawford is a former newspaper colleague of mine and one of the finest reporters I ever worked with.

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