"The whole [fur trade] system is traced out from the Green River rendezvous or the Fort Union post to the trading houses of St. Louis and the auctions in New York and Europe. . . . This is an impressive achievement for a book so brief. . . . [It] opens out onto new methodological vistas and paradigms in western history".-New Mexico Historical Review...
|Title||:||The Fur Trade of the American West: A Geographical Synthesis|
|Number of Pages||:||237 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Fur Trade of the American West: A Geographical Synthesis Reviews
This is one of my favorite books on the fur trade. It goes into great detail both geographically and economically on the trade. Wishart is a geographer by trade and is a professor at the University of Nebraska. For those that read these books, you know that's one of the main universities to put out fur trade histories.The maps are a real highlight of this book. Each chapter or section has one, with clear routes, rendezvous locations, and even how long it took to go up or downriver. Really, a great resource.I like how the strategy is laid out as well as what happened in various seasons. Lots of names and dates that are great for putting a timeline together.This is a great resource for historians and an informative read for the general public.
I personally thought it was a terribly dry read that skimmed over things such as the rendezvous that were of much more interesting for my focus. The transactions of selling a beaver pelt..... If you are really into fur trappers go ahead and give it a shot. However if they aren't really your thing I would urge you to look for a more recent published work.