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Birchbark Brigade

A Fur Trade History
Peterson, Cris (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Birchbark Brigade

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A history of the North American fur trade, based on primary sources . The North American fur trade, set in motion by the discovery of the New World in the fifteenth century, was this continent's biggest business for over three hundred years. Furs harvested by Ojibwa natives in the north woods ended up on the sleeves and hems of French princesses and Chinese emperors. Felt hats on the heads of every European businessman began as beaver pelts carried in birchbark canoes to trading posts dotting the wilderness. Iron tools, woolen blankets, and calico cloth manufactured in England found their way to wigwams along the remote rivers of North America. The fur trade influenced every aspect of life--from how Europeans related to the Indians, how and where settlements were built, to how our nation formed. Drawing on primary sources, including the diaries of Ojibwa, American, and French traders of the period, this Society of School Librarians International Honor Book gives readers a glimpse of a little-known story from our past.
Authors: Peterson, Cris
Title: Birchbark brigade
a fur trade history
Publisher: Honesdale, Pa. :, Calkins Creek,, c2009
Characteristics: 135 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Cris Peterson
Contents: Brandishing peltry on sticks
They would offer us battle
They attack like lions
By virtue of His Majesty's commission
A stranger to the commerce
I now mixed up some vermilion in melted grease
A fair specimen of the life
Slapped on the face by a grisly bear
A famous ball in the dining room
We did not make palaces
I found a piece of stone
ISBN: 9781590784266
Branch Call Number: j 970.01 P4852b 2009
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  • KEVIN DOWD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

cute little book suitable for children, but with enough info that I found it interesting. nice layout and presentation.


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