Synopses & Reviews
Beginning with the founding of the Hudsonand#8217;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.
About the Author
Sylvia Van Kirk is Associate Professor of Canadian History and Women?s Studies in the University of Toronto. She holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of London, England.