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Author Cangany, Catherine.

Title Frontier seaport : Detroit's transformation into an Atlantic EntrepĂ´t / Catherine Cangany
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 272 pages)
Series American beginnings, 1500-1900
American beginnings, 1500-1900.
Contents "The appearance of the settlement is very smiling" -- "In time this city will become conspicuous": the development of non-fur-trade commerce -- "The inhabitants are well supplied with provisions of every description" -- "Altogether preferable to shoes": the fashioning of moccasins -- "Detroit, politically ... remains ... an isolated moral mass" -- "Advisable to improve the arrangement of the town": rebuilding after the great fire of 1805 -- "Sinister conduct": the pervasion of staples smuggling -- Epilogue: "Exceedingly well situated for a commercial port."
Summary Detroit's industrial health has long been crucial to the American economy. Today's troubles notwithstanding, Detroit has experienced multiple periods of prosperity, particularly in the second half of the eighteenth century, when the city was the center of the thriving fur trade. Its proximity to the West as well as its access to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River positioned this new metropolis at the intersection of the fur-rich frontier and the Atlantic trade routes. In Frontier Seaport, Catherine Cangany details this seldom-discussed chapter of Detroit's history. S
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Commerce.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Detroit (Mich.) -- Commerce -- History
Detroit (Mich.) -- History.
Michigan -- Detroit.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022609684X