Fur, Fashion and Transatlantic Trade during the Seventeenth Century
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304 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

2 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Fur, Fashion and Transatlantic Trade during the Seventeenth Century

Chesapeake Bay Native Hunters, Colonial Rivalries and London Merchants

by John C. Appleby

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Offers insight, using the example of the Chesapeake Bay fur trade, into how the different elements of transatlantic trade in the seventeenth century fitted together.

This book explores the development of the fur trade in Chesapeake Bay during the seventeenth century, and the wide-ranging links that were formed in a new and extensive transatlantic chain of supply and consumption. It considers changing fashion in England, the growing demand for fur, at a time when the Russian fur trade was in decline, examines native North Americans and their trading and other exchanges with colonists, and explores the nature of colonial society, including the commercial ambitions of a varied range of investors. As such, it outlines the intense rivalry which existed between different colonies and colonial interests. Although the book argues that fur never supplanted tobacco as the region's principal export, noting that the trade declined as new, more profitable sources of supply were opened up, nevertheless the case of the Chesapeake fur trade provides an excellent example of how different elements in a new transatlantic enterprise fitted together and had a profound impact on each other.
Introduction
1 Fur and Fashion: The Infrastructure of a New Trade
2 Commerce and Colonization: The Emergence of the Fur Trade in Chesapeake Bay
3 Trade and Rivalry: The Promise of Expansion and Innovation during the 1630s
4 Trade, Rivalry and Conflict during a 'Time of Troubles' from 1640 to 1660
5 Commercial Change and Conflict: Contrasting Experiences after 1650
6 Trade, Consumption and Industry: Transatlantic Constraints on the Bay Trade
Conclusion

JOHN C. APPLEBY is a Senior Lecturer in History at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of Women and English Piracy, (Boydell, 2013).

"Meticulously researched, the primary sources featured within include personal, financial, and legal documents: letters and journals, sumptuary laws and other edicts, wills and inventories, and even portraits and plays come together to paint a comprehensive picture of the fur trade. This text would be a useful resource for anyone interested in colonial trade and seventeenth-century high fashion as it provides invaluable information on the material, economic, and political implications of fur as a commodity." Maryland Historical Magazine

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Title Details

304 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

2 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press