Role of Native People in the Fur Trade Persuasive Essay by Jojoy

Role of Native People in the Fur Trade
A look at the research that shows how native Indians occupied powerful positions and trading leverage in the fur trade between North Americans and Europeans.
# 116143 | 1,788 words | 12 sources | APA | 2009 | PH

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The paper looks at the traditional opinions on the fur trade that view it as an exploitative era which was deleterious to the Indians. The paper discusses, however, the strong evidence that the Indians themselves were key players in the trade and were on an equal footing with their European trading partners. The paper concludes that the roles of the Indians as hunters, trappers, and middlemen in the fur trade ensured that they had the most powerful position in the trading network.

From the Paper:

"A growing number of scholars are therefore challenging these accounts. Carlos and Lewis (1999) allege that the two historians were guilty of downplaying the customs and practices of the Indians, focusing instead on the conduct of the fur trade by European companies. Hamilton (2000) complained that while much of the operations of the European fur trading companies have been discussed, very few of the scholars were interested in determining the extent to which the native Indians themselves were involved in the fur business."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carlos, A. & Lewis, F., (1999). Property Rights, Competition, and Depletion in the Eighteenth Century Canadian Fur Trade: The Role of the European Market. The Canadian Journal of Economics, 32 (3), 705-728.
  • Gillman, C. (1982). Where Two Worlds Meet: The Great Lakes Fur Trade. Minnesota Historical Society Press.
  • Hamilton, S. (2000). Dynamics of Social Complexity in Early Nineteenth Century British Fur Trade Posts. International journal of Historical Archeology, 4(3).
  • Innis, H. (1999). Fur Trade in Canada. University of Toronto Press: Canada.
  • Kay, J. (1984). The Fur Trade and Native American Population Growth. Ethnohistory, 31 (4), 265-287.

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