Originally published in 1937 as "The Commercial Empire of the St. Lawrence, 1760-1850" and re-issued in its present form in 1956, Donald Creighton's study of the St. Lawrence became an essential text in Canadian history courses. This, his first book, helped establish Creighton as the foremost English Canadian historian of his generation. In it, he examines the trading system that developed along the St. Lawrence River and he argues that the exploitation of key staple products by colonial merchants along the St. Lawrence River system was key to Canada's economic and national development. Creighton tells the story of the St. Lawrence empire largely from the perspective of these Canadian merchants, who, above all others, struggled to win the territorial empire of the St. Lawrence and to establish the Canadian commercial state.
Christopher H. Moore, historian and Governor General Award winner, has written a new introduction to this classic text.
About the Author
Christopher H. Moore is the author of several notable books in Canadian legal history. A two-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Awards, he writes regularly for both Canada's History and Law Times.
Table of Contents
|A River with Attitude: The Empire of the St. Lawrence, Donald Creighton, and the History of Canada||vii|
|Preface to the Re-issue ||xvii|
|Part I||The First Unity of the St. Lawrence|
|I.||The Economy of the North||1|
|II.||The Merchants' Political Programme||22|
|III.||Canada and the American Revolution||56|
|Part II||Transition in the Region of the Lower Lakes|
|IV.||First Consequences of 1783||87|
|V.||The Rise of the New Staple Trades||116|
|VI.||The Clash with the French Canadians||143|
|VII.||The End of the Fur Trade||175|
|Part III||The Struggle for the Second Commercial Empire|
|VIII.||The Failure of the Union||205|
|IX.||The Reform of the Old Colonial System||231|
|X.||Commerce versus Agriculture||255|
|XII.||The Last Recovery||321|
|Fur Trade Routes||419|
|The Canals of Canada in 1850 and in 1936||420|