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 authors
The late Donald Creighton (1902-1979) was the outstanding narrative historian of Canada in his era. A long-time professor of history at the University of Toronto, his other books include The Empire of the St. Lawrence, The Road to Confederation, and Canada's First Century.
CHRISTOPHER MOORE is the author of numerous history books for adults and young readers including 1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal, McCarthy Tetrault: Building Canada’s Premier Law Firm, and Louisbourg Portraits. He is winner of the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction and co-author of The Illustrated HiStory of Canada. Christopher lives in Toronto with his wife and their two daughters.
Other titles by Donald Creighton
Other titles by Christopher Moore
The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles
The Big Book of Canada (Updated Edition)
Exploring the Provinces and Territories
The Story of Canada
The Court of Appeal for Ontario
Defining the Right of Appeal in Canada, 1792-2013
From Then to Now
A Short History of the World
The British Columbia Court of Appeal
The First Hundred Years
Building Canada's Premier Law Firm
Story of Canada
New Revised Edition