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The Fur Trade in Canada

An illustrated history

by Michael Payne

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18th century, pre-confederation (to 1867)
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list price: $24.95
edition:Paperback
category: History
published: Oct 2004
ISBN:9781550288438
imprint: Lorimer
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An engaging new look at this compelling era in Canadian history.

The fur trade set the tone for European exploration of North America and established the very foundation of Canada.
In this book, extensively illustrated with visuals from some of Canada's most prominent museums and archives, historian Michael Payne explores the personalities and events that shaped this powerful business.
Many of Canada's cities trace their roots to the fur trade. From Champlain's settlement of Quebec to the founding of Fort Edmonton and Fort Victoria by the Hudson's Bay Company, Payne tells the stories of these locations and the role they played in Canada's fur trading system. Among them: Montreal, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg.
This book also details the fur trade's true origin as a network of trading patterns among Aboriginal peoples. The arrival of European traders forced many to choose sides. All faced horrific consequences for these decisions.
The Fur Trade in Canada: An Illustrated History is an engaging new look at this compelling era in our history.

About the Author

Michael Payne

MICHAEL PAYNE works for the Historic Sites Service in Alberta and has worked for Parks Canada as a historian specializing in fur trade social history. He is the author of several articles and books on the subject.
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"If you want to understand the fur trade in Canada, this little book tackles that big subject admirably. It's also a pleasure to peruse."

— Edmonton Jounral

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The Fur Trade in Canada: An Illustrated History

In 1930, historian Harold Innis wrote that Canada emerged as a country as a direct result of the fur trade. The Canadian “mosaic” can also be traced back to the fur trade, which was a multilingual, multicultural enterprise. These are the overarching ideas on which this comprehensive, chronological book is based. It traces the history of the fur trade from pre-contact trade between Aboriginal people to 1945. The text is fairly dense, however, details about the daily lives of the fur traders and photographs, artwork and maps make this history of Canada come alive.

Payne works for the Historic Sites Service in Alberta. He is the author of many books and articles about the fur trade.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

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