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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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The Commercial Ecology of the Indian Factory System

The Commercial Ecology of the Indian Factory System

(p.69) 4 The Commercial Ecology of the Indian Factory System
Engines of Diplomacy

David Andrew Nichols

University of North Carolina Press

The factories constituted parts of a well-integrated system, whose institutional core, the Office of Indian Trade, began assuming coherent shape in 1801 and an official identity five years later. Based (after 1807) in Georgetown, the superintendents of Indian trade procured manufactured goods from a growing network of suppliers, including both importers and domestic manufacturers. They shipped those wares across the Appalachians by wagon, boat, or ship (to New Orleans), at some expense. Native American products returned by the same ways. Those products included peltry from a variety of animal species, foodstuffs like maize and maple sugar and wild rice (all produced by Indian women), tallow and hides from domestic animals, and lead from Mississippi Valley mining. Their diversity reflected the increasingly diverse economies of eastern Native Americans.

Keywords:   Indian Wares, Manufactured Goods, Mason, Merchants, Office of Indian Trade, Transport, Women

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