The Lifeline of the Oregon Country: The Fraser-Columbia Brigade System, 1811-47

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UBC Press, Jun 1, 1998 - History - 304 pages
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In The Lifeline of the Oregon Country, James Gibsoncompellingly immerses the reader in one of the most intractableproblems faced by the Hudson's Bay Company: how to realize wealthfrom such a remote and formidable land. The personalities, places,obstacles, and operations involved in the brigade system are alldescribed in fascinating detail, stretch by stretch from Fort St.James, the depot of New Caledonia on the upper reaches of the FraserRiver, to Fort Vancouver, the Columbia Department's entrepôt on thelower Columbia River, and back. Never before has such a rich collectionof primary information concerning the fur trade supply system and theconstraining role of logistics been so meticulously assembled. TheLifeline of the Oregon Country will prove indispensable to historians,researchers, and fur trade enthusiasts alike, and is an importantcontribution to our understanding of the economic history of thePacific Slope.
  

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Contents

Opening the Oregon Country
3
The Outgoing Brigade
39
From Alexandria
68
The Hard Leg from
119
The Incoming Brigade
139
The Easy Leg from Walla Walla to Okanagan
171
Chief Factor William Connollys Journal of
207
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About the author (1998)

James R. Gibson is a historical geographer at YorkUniversity. He is the author of the award-winning Otter Skins,Boston Ships, and China Goods: The Maritime Fur Trade of the NorthwestCoast 1785-1841 (1992), as well as of Imperial Russia inFrontier America: The Changing Geography of Supply of Russian America1784-1867 (1978), and Farming the Frontier: The AgriculturalOpening of the Oregon Country 1786-1846 (1984).

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