The Fist in the Wilderness
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- By: David Lavender
- Format: Paperback, 490 pages, 6 x 9 in.
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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- ISBN: 0-8032-7976-0
The story of the American fur trade has been told many times from different viewpoints, but David Lavender was the first to place it within the overall contest for empire between Britain and the United States. Lavender relates the story of men such as John Jacob Astor and Remsay Crooks, who competed with Britain's Hudson's Bay Company for fur resources of the Great Lakes region and the upper Missouri River country. Within this framework of contest and competition, Lavender shows how the American Fur Company learned to exploit the needs and wants of Indian tribes to gain a superior economic position over the British. The brutal and bloody rivalry helped Ramsay Crooks develop the techniques for transporting furs, supplying trappers, and selling polts that made fur trapping such an integral economic activity in early U.S. history.
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