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Engines of DiplomacyIndian Trading Factories and the Negotiation of American Empire$
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David Andrew Nichols

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626895

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626895.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Engines of Diplomacy
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David Andrew Nichols

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626895.003.0001

Historians of the United States' Indian factory system focused their attention on its weaknesses and economic inefficiencies, failing to ask why, in light of these deficiencies, it lasted for a quarter of a century. Early American leaders of all political persuasions viewed trade less as an economic than a political enterprise, a way to promote peaceful relations between different nations and, more subtly, to manipulate other peoples with the mechanisms of consumer demand and debt. Native Americans agreed with Euro-Americans that commerce served as an engine of peace, a form of large-scale gift exchange, and a demonstration of reciprocity. Some also came to see the factories as political and economic assets, sources of credit, hospitality, gifts, and personal influence.

Keywords:   Benton, Historiography, Influence, Civilization, Diplomacy

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