The Fist In The Wilderness by David LavenderThe Fist In The Wilderness by David Lavender

The Fist In The Wilderness

byDavid LavenderIntroduction byDavid J. Wishart

Paperback | May 1, 1998

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The story of the American fur trade has been told many times from different viewpoints, but David Lavender was the first to place it within the overall contest for empire between Britain and the United States. Rather than offering a simple hagiography of men like Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger and other legendary trappers, Lavender relates the story of men such as John Jacob Astor and Ramsay Crooks who competed with Britain’s Hudson’s Bay Company for the fur resources of the Great Lakes region and the upper Missouri River country.

Within this framework of contest and competition, Lavender shows how the American Fur Company learned to exploit the needs and wants of Indian tribes to gain a superior economic position over the British. The brutal and bloody rivalry helped Ramsay Crooks develop the techniques for transporting furs, supplying trappers, and selling pelts that made fur trapping such an integral economic activity in early U.S. history.

David Lavender lives in California. David J. Wishart is a professor of geography at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the author of The Fur Trade of the American West: A Geographical Synthesis, also a Bison Book.
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Title:The Fist In The WildernessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:498 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:UNP - Nebraska Paperback

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ISBN - 10:0803279760

ISBN - 13:9780803279766

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The Story of the American fur trade has been told many times from different viewpoints, but David Lavender was the first to place it within the overall contest for empire between Britain and the United States. Lavender relates the story of men such as John Jacob Astor and Ramsay Crooks, who competed with Britain's Hudson's Bay Company for fur resources of the Great Lakes region and the upper Missouri River country. Within this framework of contest and competition, Lavender shows how the American Fur Company learned to exploit the needs and wants of Indian tribes to gain a superior economic position over the British. The brutal and bloody rivalry helped Ramsay Crooks develop the techniques for transporting furs, supplying trappers, and selling pelts that made fur trapping such an integral economic activity in early U.S history.

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"The relations between Astor’s company, its domestic rivals, the government, the Indians, and the North West Company of Canada, are nowhere better described."—Journal of American History
- Journal of American History