By Alan Axelrod

ISBN-10: 0312576560

ISBN-13: 9780312576561

A marvelous and sweeping historical past that unearths the fur alternate to be the motive force at the back of conquest, colonization, and revolution in early America

Combining the epic saga of Hampton Sides's Blood and Thunder with the ordinary background of Mark Kurlansky's Cod, well known historian Alan Axelrod finds the astonishingly important position a small animal—the beaver—played within the production of our state. the writer masterfully relays a narrative usually missed via traditional histories: how lust for fur exchange riches moved monarchs and males to release expeditions of discovery, finance monstrous company organizations, and salary conflict. Deftly weaving cultural and army narratives, the writer chronicles how Spanish, Dutch, French, English, and local American tribes created and betrayed alliances in line with trapping and exchange disputes, generating an incredibly advanced sequence of loyalties that continued in the course of the Revolution and beyond.

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