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

Author: Eric Jay Dolin
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 the seventeenth century right on up to the Gilded Age, the developed world's appetite for fur made the new continent, with its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Jay Dolin
ISBN: 9780393067101 0393067106 9780393340020 0393340023
OCLC Number: 449865266
Notes: Maps on endpapers.
Awards: Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (History) 2011
Description: xvii, 442 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: Eric Jay Dolin.

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A Seattle Times selection for one of Best Non-Fiction Books of 2010Winner of the New England Historial Association's 2010 James P. Hanlan AwardWinner of the Outdoor Writers Association of America  Read more...

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