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Engines of Diplomacy: Indian Trading Factories and the Negotiation of American Empire

David Andrew Nichols


For a quarter of a century, the United States government operated a system of public trading posts, or factories, in the eastern North American borderland. The factories sold manufactured goods to Indians at cost and bought their peltry, foodstuffs, and other wares at market rates. They also served as annuity distribution centers and host sites for treaty conferences. The U.S. government used the factories to build its influence in Indian communities, win Native American allies, and (in a few cases) to leverage Indian land sales with factory debts. For their part, Indian men and women turned t ... More

Keywords: Alliance, Borderlands, Civilization, Debt, Diplomacy, Fur Trade, Native Americans, Office of Indian Trade, Trading Factories, War Department

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469626895
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Andrew Nichols, author