Otter Skins, Boston Ships, and China Goods: The Maritime Fur Trade of the Northwest Coast, 1785-1841

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9780295979007: Otter Skins, Boston Ships, and China Goods: The Maritime Fur Trade of the Northwest Coast, 1785-1841

Using a diverse range of sources, including Russian repositories and the logs and records of American ships, this text provides a comprehensive history of the maritime fur trade. The book treats all the major actors in the trade and all of the scenes.

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James R. Gibson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Senior Scholar and Professor Emeritus at York University, Toronto. A historical geographer specializing in Russian imperial expansion to the east, he is the author of numerous publications on the Russian Far East, Russian America, and the Pacific Northwest.

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"This is an outstanding book. As in his earlier books and articles, Gibson's scholarship and methodology are meticulous. His antiquarian zeal for small facts is combined with an ability to combine them and derive firm evidence ... he indicates the significance of the trade, methods, and changing fortunes to better effect than Howay's other earlier treatments. The work is therefore a major contribution, at once a comprehensive survey and modern approach." Richard Pierce, Visiting Professor of History, University of Alaska. "A masterful study. Hitherto no good analysis has been done on the economic side of these affairs. Gibson's judicious treatment is to be applauded. Based on meticulous research and extensive knowledge of primary and secondary sources ... the scholarship is exceedingly sound. This book will become the standard source unlikely to be superseded. Gibson's work does for the Northwest Coast of North America what Harold Innis's did for the Atlantic fisheries." Barry Gough, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University.

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