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Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur Trade Society, 1670-1870 by Sylvia Van Kirk (1983)



Hardcover in Very Good (G) condition. Dust jacket is intact, no rips or tears but there is rubbing which has created white marks on the bright red cover. 


Beginning with the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1670, the fur trade dominated the development of the Canadian west. Although detailed accounts of the fur-trade era have appeared, until recently the rich social history has been ignored. In this book, the fur trade is examined not simply as an economic activity but as a social and cultural complex that was to survive for nearly two centuries.

The author traces the development of a mutual dependency between Indian and European traders at the economic level that evolved into a significant cultural exchange as well. Marriages of fur traders to Indian women created bonds that helped advance trade relations. As a result of these "many tender ties," there emerged a unique society derived from both Indian and European culture.