The Greatest Mart of All Trade:

Daniel Ingram

in Indians and British Outposts in Eighteenth-Century America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042169 | DOI:
The Greatest Mart of All Trade:

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Coexistence was a strategy employed by many Indians, even when their new neighbors were despised enemies. This chapter examines Fort Michilimackinac, the important trade depot that guarded the Mackinac strait between Lakes Michigan and Huron. Odawas and Ojibwas grated at the news that their French trading partners had ceded this important point to the hated British at the close of the Seven Years' War. After first attacking and overcoming the fort at the straits, local natives accepted the reality of British occupation and used their mastery of foodways to ensure their importance to the new British regime and reinvigorate trade. One British trade good, alcohol, was a troubling but highly desired commodity. While this relationship lasted, through war and peace, food and drink defined a system of social interdependence that challenges deterministic economic models of Indian decline.

Keywords: Michilimackinac; Mackinac; Michigan; foodways; Ojibwa; Odawa; alcohol

Chapter.  12993 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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