Indians in the Fur Trade : Their Roles as Trappers, Hunters, and Middlemen in the Lands Southwest of Hudson Bay, 1660-1870

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
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A classic study of the Assiniboine and western Cree Indians who inhabited southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan between 1660 and 1870. The second edition contains a new preface and an update on all sources.

Author Biography

Arthur J. Ray is a professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 1998 Edition: Reflections on Indians in the Fur Trade
Preface to the 1974 Edition
Trade rivalries, inter-tribal warfare, and migrationp. 3
Land and life in the western interior before 1763p. 27
Traders and middlemenp. 51
Arms, brandy, beads, and sundriesp. 72
Migrations, epidemics, and population changes, 1763-1821p. 94
The destruction of fur and game animalsp. 117
New economic opportunitiesp. 125
Economic dependency and the fur trade: contrasting trendsp. 137
Land and life: a changing mosaicp. 166
The changing demographic picture after 1821p. 182
Declining opportunities in a changing fur tradep. 195
End of a way of lifep. 217
Select Bibliography for the 1974 Editionp. 232
Indexp. 243
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