Indians in the Fur Trade: Their Role as Trappers, Hunters, and Middlemen in the Lands Southwest of Hudson Bay, 1660-1870 : with a New Introduction

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University of Toronto Press, 1998 - History - 249 pages
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First published in 1974, this best-selling book was lauded by Choice as 'an important, ground-breaking study of the Assiniboine and western Cree Indians who inhabited southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan' and 'essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the Canadian west before 1870.'

Indians in the Fur Trade makes extensive use of previously unpublished Hudson's Bay Company archival materials and other available data to reconstruct the cultural geography of the West at the time of early contact, illustrating many of the rapid cultural transformations with maps and diagrams. Now with a new introduction and an update on sources, it will continue to be of great use to students and scholars of Native and Canadian history.

  

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Contents

Land and life in the western interior before 1763
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Migrations epidemics and population changes 17631821
94
New economic opportunities
125
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166
Declining opportunities in a changing fur trade
195
End of a way of life
217
SELEcT blbLlOgRapHY FOR ThE 1974 EDlTlON
232
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ARTHUR J. RAY is a professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia, and author of Indians in the Fur Trade and I Have Lived Here Since the World Began: An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People.

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