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British Forts and Their CommunitiesArchaeological and Historical Perspectives$
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Christopher R. DeCorse and Zachary J. M. Beier

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056753

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056753.001.0001

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Maintaining the Military

Maintaining the Military

Blacksmithing at Fort Michilimackinac, Michigan

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British Forts and Their Communities

Amy Roache-Fedchenko

University Press of Florida

The objects most often used within the frontier setting during the eighteenth century were made of metal. The blacksmith was instrumental in repairing and producing metal objects required to support daily life. At the French, and subsequently British, militarized trading post of Fort Michilimackinac, the diverse community residing within and surrounding the fort would have relied upon the blacksmith to maintain axes, traps, saws, and other metal implements within the isolated frontier setting. Archaeological data and historic documents describe the use, trade, and demand for iron products at the fort and are used here to better understand the blacksmith and his work within the fur trade and frontier contexts of the 18th century. Spatial and portable X-ray fluorescence analyses of recovered axes are used to examine the complex civilian and military relationships with the blacksmith at Fort Michilimackinac.

Keywords:   Michigan Archaeology, Fort Michilimackinac, Blacksmiths, Fur Trade, Metal, Axes, pXRF

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