Birchbark Brigade: A Fur Trade History

Cris Peterson Birchbark BrigadeBirchbark Brigade: A Fur Trade History

French voyageurs, portage paths, trade goods, and beaver pelts. Snowshoes, birchbark canoes, wild rice, and beaver pelts. Two hundred years ago, beaver pelts were the common denominator that brought two cultures together, creating an uncommonly successful business and opening the North American continent.

In Birchbark Brigade: A Fur Trade History, Cris brings to life a pivotal chapter in American history that is seldom examined. Drawing on episodes from diaries of explorers and traders, she unwraps a rollicking story from the past that reads like a novel. Throughout, black-and-white photos of sites and reproductions of period artwork, maps, and documents illustrate the text and sidebars. The extensive back matter includes a detailed time line, notes for the many quotes, a source bibliography, a suggested reading list, and descriptions of a dozen places to visit. This will fill a gap in many history collections.

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