Contact and Conflict: Indian-European Relations in British Columbia, 1774-1890 (2nd edition)

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UBC Press, Aug 1, 1992 - Social Science - 282 pages
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Originally published in 1977, Contact and Conflict has remained an important book, which has inspired numerous scholars to examine further the relationships between the Indians and the Europeans -- fur traders as well as settlers. For this edition, Robin Fisher has written a new introduction in which he surveys the literature since 1977 and comments on any new insights into these relationships. Fisher contends that the fur trade had originally brought minimal cultural change to the Indians. In 1858 it essentially came to an end, and with the beginning of white settlement, there was a fundamental change in the relationship between Indians and Europeans. What had been a reciprocal system between the two civilizations became a pattern of white dominance. He shows that while the Indians had been able to adjust gradually to the changes introduced by the traders in the contact period, they lost control of their culture under the impact of colonization.

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The Maritime Fur Trade
The LandBased Fur Trade
The Transitional Years 18491858
The Image of the Indian
Gold Miners and Settlers
The Missionaries
Government Administrators
The 1870s and 1880s

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Page 222 - River. A Canoe Voyage from Hudson's Bay to Pacific, by the late Sir George Simpson (Governor, Hon. Hudson's Bay Company), in 1828. Journal of the late Chief Factor, Archibald McDonald (Hon. Hudson's Bay Company), who accompanied him.

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Robin Fisher is head of the Department of History at the University of Northern British Columbia.

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