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Disease and DiscriminationPoverty and Pestilence in Colonial Atlantic America$
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Dale L. Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062693

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062693.001.0001

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Commerce and Consequence

Commerce and Consequence

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(p.61) 5 Commerce and Consequence
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Disease and Discrimination
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Dale L. Hutchinson

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062693.003.0005

The economic transformation of America brought about the conversion of the natural world from a structural principle of relationships to one of goods and services. Hunting and trapping, as a commercial enterprise, soon necessitated the expansion of native territories and of partners in trade and commerce. As skins and furs transformed native economies, humans became a desired commodity and a vast trade in Indian slaves began in the eastern United States for many Indians of the Maritimes, trade in furs brought about a dramatic shift in their subsistence patterns. Previously, they had passed much of the year harvesting resources on the coast, while hunting in the interior only in the winter. Their immersion in a trade economy focused on hunting and trapping meant that they spent more time in the forested interior and less time harvesting coastal resources. The shift in activity patterns meant that they had to supplement their diet with biscuits, dried peas, and other preserved food purchased from the French.

Keywords:   Indian Slave Trade, Economic, Deer Skins, Furs, Hunting

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