By John Phillip Reid
Do legislation and criminal approaches exist in basic terms as long as there's an authentic authority to implement them? Or will we have an unstated experience of legislations and ethics?
To solution those questions, John Phillip Reid’s Contested Empire explores the implicit notions of legislation shared by way of American and British fur investors within the Snake River state of Idaho and surrounding components within the early 19th century. either the USA and nice Britain had claimed this quarter, and passions have been severe. Focusing in most cases on Canadian explorer and dealer Peter Skene Ogden, Reid reveals that either part principally refrained from violence and different problems simply because they held an identical definitions of estate, agreement, conversion, and possession.
In 1824, the Hudson’s Bay corporation directed Ogden to decimate the furbearing animal inhabitants of the Snake River state, hence marking the area a “fur desert.” With this mandate, nice Britain was hoping to neutralize any curiosity American furtrappers may have within the zone. the sort of mandate set British and American fur males on a collision direction, yet Ogden and his American opposite numbers implicitly a type of legislations and technique and saw a mutual experience of estate and rights while the 2 facets vied for regulate of the fur trade.
Failing to take felony tradition under consideration, a few past debts have depicted those conflicts as mere episodes of lawless frontier violence. Reid expands our knowing of the West through contemplating the unstated experience of legislation that existed, regardless of the inability of any formalized specialists, in what had in a different way been thought of a “lawless” time.
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Hudson’s Bay might have been willing to expend the resources needed to get him before a magistrate, but it is doubtful if he could have been held. Hudson’s Bay might not have sent to Lower Canada the witnesses needed to obtain an indictment and to put him on trial. They were all officers or engagés who would have been lost to the company’s service for months, if not for a year or two. It is quite likely Hudson’s Bay would not have been able to pay that high a price. It may be, however, that McFarlane had taken some of the fight out of Ogden.
All our Men looking on the whole time without giving me any assistance. Mr. Black & Ogden then followed me to my room with their Gun & Dagger & abused me very much whilst my Thumb was dressing. 8 It is safe to guess that Fidler spent a miserable and unhappy winter knowing Ogden would be back again when the weather was warmer. ONE OF THE MOST UNPRINCIPLED MEN 23 And he was. ”9 Humorless Fidler may have been, but he also was observant and in his post journal kept a running account of what was happening.
Simpson agreed to change the route, but wanted Ogden to return much farther down the river than Ross recommended. The reason was that the road to Fort Nez Perces ran right through the powerful Nez Perce nation. The Indians might be peaceful, but he could not trust the freemen. He thought it too risky for the unruly freemen to pass through so large a nation. , Fort Nez Perces] and Expedition. :—to outfit them this season at the Flat Head Post take them at once to their hunting Grounds in the heart of the Snake Country pass the Winter & Spring there come round hunting their way either by land or Water to the Umpqua River, across the Mountains that divide it from the Walhamot [Willamette] River, down the last and thence direct to Fort George with their returns, there enjoy themselves for a Fortnight or 20 Days re-equip them from thence and send them back to pass the Winter in the Hunting Grounds from whence they came but on no consideration to visit any Establishment throughout the year except Fort George.