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Engines of diplomacy : Indian trading factories and the negotiation of American empire

Author: David Andrew Nichols
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As a fledgling republic, the United States implemented a series of trading outposts to engage indigenous peoples and to expand American interests west of the Appalachian Mountains. Under the authority of the executive branch, this Indian factory system was designed to strengthen economic ties between Indian nations and the United States, while eliminating competition from unscrupulous fur traders. In this detailed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Andrew Nichols
ISBN: 9781469628899 1469628899 9781469626895 1469626896
OCLC Number: 919202309
Description: xii, 254 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: A trade upon public ground --
Local agendas and national goals --
Like so many armies --
The commercial ecology of the Indian factory system --
Negotiation, manipulation, and alliance-building --
Ten commercial embassies in wartime --
Running hard and falling behind --
Civilization versus commerce.
Responsibility: David Andrew Nichols.

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"As a fledgling republic, the United States implemented a series of trading outposts to engage indigenous peoples and to expand American interests west of the Appalachian Mountains. Under the authority of the executive branch, this Indian factory system was designed to strengthen economic ties between Indian nations and the United States, while eliminating competition from unscrupulous fur traders. In this detailed history of the Indian factory system, David Andrew Nichols demonstrates how Native Americans and U.S. government authorities sought to exert their power in the trading posts by using them as sites for commerce, political maneuvering, and diplomatic action"--

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