Fur Traders from New England, the Boston Men, 1787-1800: The Narratives of William Dane Phelps, William Sturgis and James Gilchrist Swan

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"Boston Men." The term was used generically by native peoples for years to refer to any American trading furs in the Pacific Northwest. Why? Because the first Americans to engage in fur trading on the North Pacific Coast were all from Boston-pioneers in the trade long before Americans made the first overland trek to the Pacific.

The earliest accounts of the Northwest fur trade comprise this new work, prepared and edited by two top scholars in the field. They have gathered original narratives of the earliest ...

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Spokane Washington 1997 Hard Cover First Edition New 137 pages. Northwest Historical Series XVIII "The earliest accounts of the Northwest fur trade, prepared and edited by two ... top scholars in the field. They have gathered original narratives of the earliest stages of the fur trade: William Dane Phelps' "Solid Men of Boston, " William Sturgis' "The Northwest Fur Trade, " "William Sturgis on the American Vessels and the Maritime Fur Trade, " and "Account of the Vessels Engaged in the Sea-Otter-Fur-Trade on the Northwest Coast from 1787 to 1809, " compiled by William Tufts, Esq., from his own memoranda. These rare documents are brought together under one cover to reveal the inner-workings and alliances on which the early fur trade depended." Read more Show Less

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Overview

"Boston Men." The term was used generically by native peoples for years to refer to any American trading furs in the Pacific Northwest. Why? Because the first Americans to engage in fur trading on the North Pacific Coast were all from Boston-pioneers in the trade long before Americans made the first overland trek to the Pacific.

The earliest accounts of the Northwest fur trade comprise this new work, prepared and edited by two top scholars in the field. They have gathered original narratives of the earliest stages of the fur trade: William Dane Phelps' "Solid Men of Boston," William Sturgis' "The Northwest Fur Trade," "William Sturgis on the American Vessels and the Maritime Fur Trade," and "Account of the Vessels Engaged in the Sea-Otter-Fur-Trade on the Northwest Coast from 1787 to 1809," compiled by William Tufts, Esq., from his own memoranda. These rare documents are brought together under one cover to reveal the the inner-workings and alliances on which the early fur trade depended.

William Dane Phelps' "Solid Men of Boston" ranks as among the great texts of American maritime enterprise, and is published here in book format for the first time. It was the first history of the Northwest coast fur trade, compiled from original documents, invaluable ship logs, letters, journals and personal narratives.

The first description of the pioneer American vessels fitted out of the Northwest Coast trade, the Columbia and the Lady Washington, is presented by Phelps. His is the only description of the voyages of the O'Cain and the experiences of the Winships. "Solid Men of Boston" clarifies the link between Yankees and the Northwest Coast, and with the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and Alta California.

The Columbia River colonization experiment figures prominently in Phelps' narrative. It was the first American attempt to establish a base on the Northwest coast, just months before Astor's famous Tonquin voyage to Astoria. John Kendrick's many alliances with Northwest Coast peoples are treated in detail. The validity of the Kendrick deeds and their consequences still inspire controversy.

"The Northwest Fur Trade," William Sturgis' original account, accompanies Phelps' text. It is an important recollection of the operation of the commercial fur hunt. Before Phelps' own "Webfoot" adventures, Sturgis had sailed on four voyages in the Boston maritime fur trade. The Sturgis history recounted here set down a tradition of early fur-trade narratives.

The final two appendices contain a further account by Sturgis on American vessels in the Northwest trade, and William Tufts' list of American vessels on the Northwest Coast, 1787-1809, drawn from James G. Swan's The Northwest Coast, or Three Years' Residence in Washington Territory (1875).

The historical introduction to the work provides a detailed background to the text, supporting and clarifying its conclusions. A full bibliography and analytical index enhance the presentation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870622618
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Northwest Historical Series
  • Pages: 137
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Briton C. Busch held the Willliam R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History chair at Colgate University. He was the editor of Alta California 1840-1842: The Journal of William Dane Phelps (Glendale, 1993), winner of the John Lyman Award in North American Oceanic Memoirs,) FrZmont's Private Navy, the 1846 Journal of Captain William Dane Phelps (1987), and numerous other works.

Barry Gough, Professor of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, is the author of a dozen books and many articles on American, British, and Canadian frontiers and exploration, including The Northwest Coast: British Navigation, Trade, and Discoveries to 1812.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     9
Solid Men of Boston in the Northwest   William Dane Phelps     31
Appendices
The Northwest Fur Trade   the Hon. William Sturgis     85
William Sturgis on the American Vessels and the Maritime Fur Trade     103
Account of the Vessels Engaged in the Sea-Otter Fur-Trade on the Northwest Coast Prior to 1808   James Gilchrist Swan     121
Bibliography     127
Index     133
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