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by Theodore J. Karamanski

In nineteenth-century North America the beaver was "brown gold." It and other furbearing animals were the targets of an extractive industry like gold mining. Hoping to make their fortunes with the Hudson’s Bay Company, young Scots and Englishmen left their homes in the British Isles for the Canadian frontier. In the Far Northwest-northern British Columbia, the Yukon, the western Northwest Territories, and eastern Alaska-they collaborated with Indians and French Canadians to send back as many pelts as possible in return for an allotment of trade goods.

The extraordinary achievements of the trader-adverturers-such men as Samuel Black, John Bell, and Robert Campbell-have been overlooked by previous historians because their way was so difficult and their successes were so meager. Isolated at the end of 3,000 miles of canoe trails, in fierce competition with Russian and Indian traders, they always worked against the odds while at every turn the Bay Company withheld its support in order to conserve profits.

Download Fur Trade and Exploration: Opening the Far Northwest, 1821–1852 epub
ISBN: 0806120932
ISBN13: 978-0806120935
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Theodore J. Karamanski
Language: English
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (March 15, 1988)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1641 kb
FB2 size: 1255 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 935
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Northwest Canada is one of my favorite subjects. This book tells a person everything you need to know about the subject and is very easy to read make reading it I would have liked more maps with greater detail of certain areas. Maps of this area are very easy to get on the internet and having one will make the book more enjoyable. I give it five beaver pelts. [email protected]
If you are intersted the exploration of North America this is a great book. It goes through the exploration of the Stikine, Liard and Yukon rivers in Canada and Alaska. The author seems to have first hand knowledge of the rivers involved and the difficulties in navigating them. It also gives an interesting look at the politics, economics, and hardships of opening new territory to the fur trade.
I personally really enjoyed this book and have read several other books on similar topics. I actually read it a little slower than I usually read, to make it last longer.