Revenge Without a Cause: The Beginning of American Fur Trade
4 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2012
Date Written: January 19, 2012
After a thorough examination of the letters of communication from John C. Calhoun, William H. Ashley, Hugh Glass, Benjamin O’Fallon and others involved in the beginning of the American fur trade on the upper Missouri River, it is apparent that what started out as a potentially equitable trade relationship between federally licensed American traders and Indians, ended up in a conquest for revenge. How and why this early attempt to trade on the upper Missouri ended in such chaos is the subject of this essay.
Keywords: American History, Fur Trade, trade, fur, history, Indians, revenge, Missouri, John C. Calhoun, war
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