By Robin Fisher

Originally released in 1977, and reprinted a number of tiems given that, touch and Cnoflict is still a useful account of the profound effect that white cost had on Native-European kinfolk in British Columbia after the fur exchange ended. Robin Fisher argues that the fur exchange had a restricted influence at the cultures of local humans. either Natives and Europeans have been desirous about a jointly necessary economy, and there has been no incentive for non-Native fur investors to change appreciably the local social method. With the passing of the fur alternate in 1858, in spite of the fact that, and the start of white payment, what has been a reciporcal process among the 2 civilizations grew to become a trend of white dominance.

The moment variation incorporates a preface within which the writer re-examines his unique arguments, surveys the literature considering that 1977, and reviews on instructions for brand spanking new study. the unique version of the ebook was once released at a time whilst there has been really little written by way of historians at the topic. at the present time, Contact and Conflict continues to be established via students and scholars, and its arguments have continued, yielding new insights into the function of local humans within the historical past of British Columbia.

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1093. 67 King, Journal [April 1778], Beaglehole, part 2, p. 1406-7. 68 "John Boit's Log of the Second Voyage of the Columbia" 18 June 1792, Howay, "Columbia," p. 388. 69"Remarks on the Voyage of the Eliza, 1789-1799," UBCL, p. 56. 70 Cleveland, Voyages, p. 91. 71 Samwell, Journal, 25 April 1778, Beaglehole, part 2, p. 1100. 72 Howay, "The Maritime Fur Trade," p. 9; and "Columbia" p. xxvii. The Maritime Fur Trade 15 best documented of these cases was Koyah's attack on the brigantine Lady Washington in June 1791.

The possibility of a return trip militated against the indiscriminate use of fraud and violence. During this early contact period there was a certain amount of interracial violence, but its extent should not be exaggerated. "65 Of course, many trading captains lacked their fair share of patience, and caught in the squeeze between increasing costs on the northwest coast and declining prices in China, they were apt to become annoyed with Indians who made what they considered to be unreasonable demands.

38 Samuel Dorr to Ebenezer Dorr, 16 August 1801, Ebenezer Dorr, Dorr Marine Collection, 1795-1820, PABC. 41 As the Indians raised their prices, captains were apt to overestimate the value of their cargo and, therefore, their margin of profit. Indian traders were not above adding a few tricks to the trade. When Cook was at Nootka, he found that the Indians were not quite as "guileless" as Bancroft believed. The explorer discovered that the Indians were deceiving his men by selling containers of oil that were partly filled with water.

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