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Fur, Fortune and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

By: Eric Jay Dolin

442 pages, Col & b/w plates

W.W. Norton & Co.

Hardback | Sep 2010 | #187052 | ISBN-13: 9780393067101
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Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin chronicles the rise and fall of the fur trade, when the rallying cry was "get the furs while they last." Beavers, sea otters, and buffalos were slaughtered, used for their precious pelts that were tailored into extravagant hats, coats, and sleigh blankets. To read Fur, Fortune, and Empire is to understand how North America was explored, exploited, and settled, while its native Indians were alternately enriched and exploited by the trade. As Dolin demonstrates, fur, both an economic elixir and an agent of destruction, became inextricably linked to many key events in American history, including the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812, as well as to the relentless pull of Manifest Destiny and the opening of the West.

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