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Much of the exploration of North America was accomplished by men in search of furs to ship to the lucrative markets of Europe.

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Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America by Eric Jay Dolin.
Beginning his epic history in the early 1600s, Eric Jay Dolin traces the dramatic rise and fall of the American fur industry, from the first Dutch enc...
Francis Parkman : France and England in North America :Pioneers of France in the New World, The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century, La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West, The Old Regime in Canada by Francis Parkman.
This is the first of two volumes presenting all seven parts of Francis Parkman's monumental narrative history of the struggle for control of the Ameri...
City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America by Donald L. Miller.
It's hard to believe that as late as 1830, Chicago was a desolate fur-trading outpost. Within half a century, it become a manufacturing, agriculture a...
A Savage Empire: Trappers, Traders, Tribes, and the Wars That Made America by Alan Axelrod.
A surprising and sweeping history that reveals the fur trade to be the driving force behind conquest, colonization, and revolution in early AmericaCo...