SOFT GOLD, A History of the Fur Trade in the Great Lakes Region and Its Impact on Native American Culture
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by Ted  Reese. Softbound, 118 pages, 5" x 8". The fur trade in Colonial North  America produced an economic frenzy that irrevocably affected three peoples: the Native Americans, the French and the British. Applying his extensive knowledge of Native American traditions, the author discusses the development of the fur trade and the European struggle for its control, while examining the involvement of Native Americans in that industry that led to the eventual demise of their culture. Acting as middlemen for the colorful European trappers and traders who arose during this period (the legendary voyageurs and coureurs de bois), the Native Americans controlled the economy while Britain and France feuded. During this time the Hudson Bay Company came to prominence,squashing its smaller competitors. All of these events are discussed with special attention paid to the Native American perspective.

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