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- Editor: Ulan Press (31 de agosto de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ASIN: B009QPZQ4A
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Forty Years a Fur Trader On the Upper Missouri: The Personal Narrative of Charles Larpenteur, 1833-1872 (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 31 ago 2012
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Since fur traders and the companies who employed them were interested more in trade with indigenous peoples than with taking land and destroying resources, the relationship the author describes with American Indians is one of both mutual trust and mistrust. Larpenteur is a simple man, who married an indigenous woman, had children with her, and learned some of the native culture. However he was also often away from his family for his trading. He describes various tragedies to either himself, his family, or to his fellow traders simply as facts and considers it unseemly and indulgent to delve into personal matters or to convey much emotion on any of these matters. He set out to write a factual account of his life, and that's what he did. Sometimes it is difficult to keep straight all the names of people in the fur trade, but the setting of those times is still well conveyed.
Of course this account is not a complete history of the times, but it offers interesting perspectives. In the last chapter, he provides an insightful opinion of how the government managed Indian Affairs, sending one incompetent agent after another from Washington, and posting forts in the most desirable lands, thereby forcing Indians to live elsewhere. The government interacted so little with indigenous peoples as to have no insight into the culture. In the second to last chapter the author offers his own observations of Indian culture, which he observed had simpler rules than his own but seemed to work pretty well.
The account describes an adventurous, dangerous life, in which men lived by their wits. Women pretty much lived a separate life from these traders, and their exclusion from most of his recollections is another aspect of the historical perspective. I read this account simply for what it is, one man's recollection of a harsh but productive life in a specific historical time, and I was fascinated.
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