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

  • ISBN-13: 9780806118475
  • Author: Sylvia Van Kirk
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1983-05-15
  • Edition: 1st American Ed
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 314
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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.

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