Book ID: CBB288119566

Pemmican Empire: Food, Trade, and the Last Bison Hunts in the North American Plains, 1780-1882 (2014)


Colpitts, George (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: 318
Language: English

In the British territories of the North American Great Plains, food figured as a key trading commodity after 1780, when British and Canadian fur companies purchased ever-larger quantities of bison meats and fats (pemmican) from plains hunters to support their commercial expansion across the continent. Pemmican Empire traces the history of the unsustainable food-market hunt on the plains, which, once established, created distinctive trade relations between the newcomers and the native peoples. It also resulted in the near annihilation of the Canadian bison herds north of the Missouri River. Drawing on fur company records and a broad range of Native American history accounts, George Colpitts offers new perspectives on the market economy of the western prairie that was established during this time, one that created asymmetric power among traders and informed the bioregional history of the West where the North American bison became a food commodity hunted to nearly the last animal.

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Review Nathan F. Sayre (2016) Review of "Pemmican Empire: Food, Trade, and the Last Bison Hunts in the North American Plains, 1780-1882". Agricultural History (pp. 267-268). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Rowland, Stephen M.
Friesen, T. Max
Stewart, Andrew
Wallach, Jennifer Jensen
de la Peña, Carolyn
Bloch, D.
Food, Culture and Society
Archives of Natural History
Railroad History
New Books Network Podcast
History of Science
University of Nebraska Press
Rowman & Littlefield
University of Georgia Press
UBC Press
Yale University Press
Northern Illinois University Press
Hunting; trapping
Food and foods
Food industry and trade
Fur trade
Food science; food technology
Natural history
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc de
Jefferson, Thomas
Mackenzie, Alexander
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
United States
Great Plains (North America)
California (U.S.)
South America
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.)

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