Fur,  Fortune,  and Empire, Eric Jay Dolin
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Fur, Fortune, and Empire
The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

Narrator: Tom Weiner

Unabridged: 11 hr 58 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 07/12/2010


From the bestselling author of Leviathan comes this sweeping narrative of one of Americas most historically rich industries.Beginning his epic history in the early 1600s, Eric Jay Dolin traces the dramatic rise and fall of the American fur trade industry, from the first Dutch encounters with the Indians to the rise of the conservation movement in the late nineteenth century.Dolin shows how the fur trade, driven by the demands of fashion, sparked controversy, fostered economic competition, and fueled wars among the European powers as North America became a battleground for colonization and imperial aspirations.The trade in beaver, buffalo, sea otter, and other animal skins spurred the exploration and the settlement of the vast American continent, while it alternately enriched and gravely damaged the lives of Americas native peoples. Populated by a largerthanlife cast, including Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant, President Thomas Jefferson, Americas first millionaire John Jacob Astor, and mountain man Kit Carson, Fur, Fortune, and Empire is the most comprehensive and compelling history of the American fur trade ever written.