Contact and Conflict: Indian-European Relations in British by Robin Fisher

By Robin Fisher

Originally released in 1977, and reprinted numerous tiems due to the fact that, touch and Cnoflict is still a useful account of the profound effect that white cost had on Native-European relatives in British Columbia after the fur exchange ended. Robin Fisher argues that the fur exchange had a restricted impression at the cultures of local humans. either Natives and Europeans have been keen on a at the same time precious economic climate, and there has been no incentive for non-Native fur investors to change substantially the local social procedure. With the passing of the fur exchange in 1858, in spite of the fact that, and the start of white payment, what has been a reciporcal method among the 2 civilizations turned a trend of white dominance.

The moment version features a preface within which the writer re-examines his unique arguments, surveys the literature when you consider that 1977, and reviews on instructions for brand spanking new learn. the unique variation of the ebook was once released at a time whilst there has been rather little written through historians at the topic. this present day, Contact and Conflict continues to be standard by means of students and scholars, and its arguments have persisted, yielding new insights into the position of local humans within the background of British Columbia.

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94 The growth of disparities in wealth between Indian groups may have increased excuses for warfare, although, at the same time, the fact that warfare tended to disrupt trade may have militated against intertribal conflict. While rivalry between Indian groups hoping to profit from the trade may have added to the incidence of hostility, economic motives had also been powerful in indigenous warfare. The fur trade did not bring new reasons for attacks. When attempting to assess in a more general way the impact of the maritime fur trade on Indian society, historians and anthropologists have tended towards opposite interpretations.

Howay, W. N. Sage, and H. F. Angus, British Columbia and the United States: The North Pacific Slope from Fur Trade to Aviation (Tqronto: Ryerson, 1942), p. 13. In support of his contention Howay cites The Indians of Canada, but on the page referred to Jenness is discussing the impact of settlement. Howay's is a typical backwards extrapolation which sees the impact of settlement on the Indian population beginning with the fur trade (see Diamond Jenness, The Indians of Canada, National Museum of Canada Bulletin 65 [Ottawa: Queen's Printer, 1960] p.

Richard Cleveland was one trader who generally could not abide the presence of Indians on the deck of his ship. When he was at Kaigani, however, the Indian leader named Kow had to be indulged with hospitality on board. 53 European traders were further subject to Indian trading patterns to the extent that those Indians who sold them furs were often middlemen who had' their own markup. The first Europeans to arrive on the coast noticed how Indian traders made efforts to prevent other Indians from trading with them.

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