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North America's Indian Trade in European Commerce and Imagination, 1580-1850.


North America's Indian Trade in European Commerce and Imagination, 1580-1850

George Colpitts



301 pages



Early American History Series; Volume 2


The author applies two approaches to scrutiny of European (primarily English and French) letters, reports, memoirs, diaries. The traditionalist approach gives little weight to textual and contextual analyses but instead looks at the corpus as a whole. The modernist approach looks closely at the writer of the document and the environment in which it was written. With the role of imagination playing a strong theme, discussion encompasses Europe and the gift economies in North America, the Church and pricing, gifts in the commercializing Indian trade, industriousness, and treaties, among other topics.

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