Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-Trade Society, 1670-1870

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1983-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

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Beginning with the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670, the fur trade dominated the development of the Canadian west. Although detailed accounts of the fur-trade era have appeared, until recently the rich social history has been ignored. In this book, the fur trade is examined not simply as an economic activity but as a social and cultural complex that was to survive for nearly two centuries. The author traces the development of a mutual dependency between Indian and European traders at the economic level that evolved into a significant cultural exchange as well. Marriages of fur traders to Indian women created bonds that helped advance trade relations. As a result of these "many tender ties," there emerged a unique society derived from both Indian and European culture.

Author Biography

Sylvia Van Kirk is Associate Professor of Canadian History and Women's Studies in the University of Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of London, England

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Enter the White Manp. 9
The Custom of the Countryp. 28
"Your Honors Servants"p. 53
Women in Betweenp. 75
"Daughters of the Country"p. 95
My Only Consolationp. 123
"Quite English in Her Manner"p. 145
"Lovely Tender Exotics"p. 173
A Question of Bloodp. 201
"A World We Have Lost"p. 231
Abbreviationsp. 245
Select Bibliographyp. 245
Referencesp. 255
Indexp. 285
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