Hardcover ☆ Frontier Seaport Kindle Ú

Hardcover ☆ Frontier Seaport Kindle Ú

Frontier Seaport ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Frontier Seaport By Catherine Cangany ✼ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Detroit’s industrial health has long been crucial to the American economy Today’s troubles notwithstanding Detroit has experienced multiple periods of prosperity particularly in the second half of Detroit’s industrial health has long been crucial to the American economy Today’s troubles notwithstanding Detroit has experienced multiple periods of prosperity particularly in the second half of the eighteenth century when the city was the center of the thriving fur trade Its proximity to the West as well as its access to the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River positioned this new metropolis at the intersection of the fur rich frontier and the Atlantic trade routes In  Frontier Seaport Catherine Cangany details this seldom discussed chapter of Detroit’s history She argues that by the time of the American Revolution Detroit functioned much like a coastal town as a result of the prosperous fur trade serving as a critical link in a commercial chain that stretched all the way to Russia and China—thus opening Detroit’s shores for eastern merchants and other transplants This influx of newcomers brought its own transatlantic networks and fed residents’ desires for popular culture and manufactured merchandise Detroit began to be both a frontier town and seaport city—a mixed identity Cangany argues that hindered it from becoming a thoroughly “American” metropolis.


3 thoughts on “Frontier Seaport

  1. David Nichols David Nichols says:

    The title of this monograph contains for those in the know a paradox Seaports by their nature are cosmopolitan cities dependent on international trade and cultural exchange for their existence Frontiers by contrast are places distant from imperial centers where locals may exchange goods and lifeways but generally try to preserve their independence from empires and foreign markets This paradox generates the analytical and narrative tension in Catherine Cangany's first book a study of Detroit in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Detroiters were a highly localist even clannish people who pushed back against the regulations and reconstruction plans of their American occupiers but at the same time accepted incorporation into the Atlantic economic system That acceptance inhered Cangany suggests in the town's origins as a provisioning and shipping center for the Great Lakes fur trade and as a supply base for the French allied Christianized Wyandot communities nearby Commerce generated a demand for craftsmen and by 1810 Detroit had over 200 artisans' shops including a coach maker Trade also enriched local merchants who in the late eighteenth century built a small fleet of Lake sloops – turning Detroit into an even active shipping center – created a local credit system and imported increasing uantities of European goods “Credit and luxury merchandise were both plentiful” in the town by the 1790s pp 8 25 32 37 67 uoteLuxury goods became Detroit's primary entree into the Atlantic system Detroiters and their Indian neighbors consumed a growing uantity of “transnational goods” 64 like tableware metal wares textiles and books Local whites incorporated imported goods into their regional lifeways such as their carrioles – French winter time dinner and dancing parties to which families came via 30 mile sleigh rides Conversely as their town became enmeshed in long distance trade Detroiters began producing a local value added export good of their own moccasins which evolved from a utilitarian product made by Indians into a manufactured luxury Detroiters initially bought these animal hide shoes decorated with porcupine uills and ribbons from their Native American neighbors then made them themselves for sale to the British army then began mass producing the footwear through a putting out system involving local merchants and tanners By the 1810s Detroit moccasins had become a fashionable commodity in eastern American cities where marketers persuaded white Americans to see them as consumable symbols of a once proud now dying Indian race 70 103Detroit residents proved much less willing to accommodate themselves however to new political and legal regimes particularly those introduced by the United States when it occupied the town in 1796 Living under British civil law and empowered to arbitrate some of their own cases during the British regime Detroiters were alarmed when Americans introduced martial law in 1797 Some left the town in disgust while others stayed to protest Michigan’s incorporation without representation into Indiana Territory Residents also resisted American efforts to redesign the town after an 1805 fire Planners like Augustus Woodward wanted to rebuild Detroit on a geometric plan but French habitants wanted to keep their old ribbon farms and British merchants wanted to follow the rectilinear model of Philadelphia In the end the merchants won out And American controls on trade across the international border proved very difficult to enforce Local French settlers got a territorial court to exempt them from duties on grain taken from Canada to Detroit Others used loopholes in revenue laws – like the “interlacing of domestic and foreign ports of call” 194 on Lakes voyages – freely to trade with Canadian ports or used sleighs to smuggle goods across the frozen Detroit River Smuggling like the other evasions and protests Cangany discusses “was an attempt by merchants and ordinary citizens alike to preserve and maintain the networks and manners of local daily commerce that had been in placebefore American occupation” Generally they managed to preserve those pre 1796 networks and customs for the next several decades and slowly adapt them to the long distance market economy with which Detroiters were increasingly engaging pp 128 30 159 64 176 79Like many first books FRONTIER SEAPORT has modest goals and achieves them all The only criticism of the book I can offer derives from its conceptual modesty and conseuent disinclination to interrogate the word “seaport” As my colleague Isaac Land observes seaports were both economic and social entities places whose inhabitants exchanged not only commodities but also customs ideas beliefs and even family members in marriage Detroit doesn't seem to fit very well into this definition; Cangany notes for example that the city's social circles were uite closed in the nineteenth century and dominated by a few older French and British families p 167 I suspect Cangany has or knows of other sources that could allow us to determine just how clannish or cosmopolitan the city was by the mid 1800s – data on church membership information on fur trading families' long distance connections and analysis of the city's political rather than legal relationship with the new metropole on the Atlantic seaboard to name a few possibilities One hopes that she will address these important cultural and political uestions in her future research For the time being we may be glad that Cangany has helped open this intriguing and conflicted society to scholarly inuiry


  2. Liz Liz says:

    Catherine Cangany explores the history of Detroit from its settlement in 1701 until the mid 19th century Cangany looks at many facets of Detroit's history including how Detroiters transitioned from French to British to American identities and legal systems; cultural relations with Native American peoples; and its commercial connections to the larger Atlantic WorldFrontier Seaport is a fascinating read for anyone interested in early American culture and frontier settlements


  3. katie katie says:

    Really great history of early Detroit


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