Fascinating, exhaustive, and thoroughly researched, Neil Van Sickle and Evelyn Rodewald present the true story behind what was arguably the most important economic industry in North America for three centuries. Emphasizing the actual overriding role of Indian people in exploration, wilderness transportation, survival, and the collection of pelts and hides, Van Sickle and Rodewald demonstrate the great extent to which white adventurers, explorers, and traders heavily relied upon the Native American tribes. With the entirety of the white traders’ commerce resting in the cradle of Native American culture, the indigenous tribes’ sophisticated trading network unlocked the secrets of the New World, creating a vibrant economy and complex working relationship between their societies and those of the new settlers.
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Published March 12, 2012