The Bringing of Wonder: Trade and the Indians of the Southeast, 1700-1783

The Bringing of Wonder: Trade and the Indians of the Southeast, 1700-1783

by Michael Morris
     
 

In the relations between colonial European traders and the Indians of the southern backcountry, trade was a powerful manipulative tool used by both sides in their attempts to control each other. This anthropological and sociological study examines how European traders sought out native women as cultural instructors, translators, and sexual companions. The network

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In the relations between colonial European traders and the Indians of the southern backcountry, trade was a powerful manipulative tool used by both sides in their attempts to control each other. This anthropological and sociological study examines how European traders sought out native women as cultural instructors, translators, and sexual companions. The network of native women, fur traders, and colonial diplomats functioned as an invisible social, political, and economic web throughout the backcountry. Although this web was an integral part of the colonial struggle for the region, it is often overlooked or ignored in conventional histories.

Women played a key role in this system of economic exchange. They benefitted materially from this arrangement, while the traders enjoyed increased political power as a result of the cohabitation. These Anglo-Indian unions helped to impose Euroamerican values on native societies, and, in part, the women functioned as unofficial diplomats for their people. Colonial governments hoped that the efforts of these frontier traders would impose stability on the tribes, but the profit-seeking of many such traders often resulted in bloody conflict instead.

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Morris (history, U. f South Carolina-Aiken) explores the impact of Euroamerican trade on the Indians of the southern colonial backcountry. He describes how the fur trade brought European men, mostly Scots and Irish, into direct contact with Indian women, and how they forged relationships built on his need to find acceptance into the matrilineal lines and be instructed in the rules of behavior, and her access to luxuries and prestige at having a European husband and mixed-race children. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313308437
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/1999
Series:
Contributions in Comparative Colonial Studies Series
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

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