Furs and Frontiers in the Far North: The Contest among Native and Foreign Nations for the Bering Strait Fur Trade

Furs and Frontiers in the Far North: The Contest among Native and Foreign Nations for the Bering Strait Fur Trade

by John R. Bockstoce
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300149212

ISBN-13: 9780300149210

Pub. Date: 09/15/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

This comprehensive history of the native and maritime fur trade in Alaska during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is without precedent. The Bering Strait formed the nexus of the circumpolar fur trade in which Russians, British, Americans, and members of fifty native nations competed and cooperated. The desire to dominate the fur trade fed the European

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This comprehensive history of the native and maritime fur trade in Alaska during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is without precedent. The Bering Strait formed the nexus of the circumpolar fur trade in which Russians, British, Americans, and members of fifty native nations competed and cooperated. The desire to dominate the fur trade fed the European expansion into the most remote regions of Asia and America and was an agent of massive change in these regions.

Award-winning author John R. Bockstoce fills a major gap in the historiography of the area in covering the scientific, commercial, and foreign-relations implications of the northern fur trade. In addition, the book provides rare insight into the relationship between the Western powers and the Native Americans who provided them with fur, ivory, and whalebone in exchange for manufactured goods, tobacco, tea, alcohol, and hundreds of other things. But this is also the story of the enterprising individuals who energized the Alaskan fur trade and, in doing so, forever altered the region’s history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300149210
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Series:
The Lamar Series in Western History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Felipe Fernandez-Armesto xiii

Preface xvii

A Note on Names xix

Acknowledgments xxi

Part 1 The origins of the fur Trade in the Bering Strait Region 1

1 The Opening of the Maritime Fur Trade at Bering Strait 3

2 Trapping and Hunting for Marketable Furs 41

3 The Russian Expansion toward Alaska 70

4 Marketing the Furs 103

Part 2 The Russian-British Rivalry in Northern Alaska 115

5 The Russians Move North 117

6 The British Response 129

7 Mikhailovsky Redoubt 167

8 The Expeditions to Point Barrow 179

9 Zagoskin's Expedition to the Yukon 193

10 The British Expansion Northwestward 203

Part 3 Foreign fleets Reach Bering Strait 225

11 The Search for Sir John Franklin 227

12 Trading Activities from 1848 to the Sale of Russian America 260

13 Chaos and Transformation in the Latter Third of the Nineteenth Century 296

14 The Last Decades of the Nineteenth Century 324

15 End of the Century 355

Appendix The Introduction of Firearms to the Eskimos of the Bering Strait Region 361

Chronology 363

Glossary 371

Notes 375

Bibliography 411

Index 447

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