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dc.contributor.supervisorPerry, Adele (History)en_US
dc.contributor.authorLindsay, [Margaret] Anne
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-24T14:21:26Z
dc.date.available2021-08-24T14:21:26Z
dc.date.copyright2021-08-23
dc.date.issued2021en_US
dc.date.submitted2021-08-23T22:46:25Zen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1993/35829
dc.description.abstractPredicated on a narrative of mutuality and cooperation, what has come to be known as the Canadian fur trade has long been positioned as exceptional in its relationships between colonizers and Indigenous peoples. In this framing the fur trade in what would become Canada is represented as having experienced little of the colonial violence that manifested in other colonial encounters and has been constructed as devoid of the unfreedom of chattel slavery. In fact, this characterization is untrue. Located within the French and British empires, the Canadian fur trade reflected the violences of its empires. From the seventeenth, and well into the nineteenth centuries chattel slavery existed in the fur trade as it did in the empires of which it was a part. Here, as elsewhere, complex webs of family/business relationships carried the violence of empire to and between its colonies. The creation and maintenance of these webs offered spaces where women as well as men could participate in the success of their family/businesses, but also in the transmission of colonial violence. One example of this is the Wedderburn Colvile family, their involvement in both West Indian plantation slavery and in the Hudson’s Bay Company, and in the interventions of one of its members, Jean Wedderburn Douglas, Lady Selkirk in what has become known as the fur trade wars. A closer look at the Wedderburn Colvile family and their interests in the Northern North American fur trade offers insights into how colonial violence and changes in the laws relating to chattel slavery impacted the fur trade, as the effects of these changes traveled along family/business webs of networks of relationship. This research draws on primary sources gleaned from archives and libraries in Scotland, England, the West Indies, the United States and Canada. It brings together a wide range of secondary literature to argue that, just as in other parts of empire, colonial violence, including chattel slavery, connected through webs of family/business relationships, existed in the Canadian fur trade. At the same time, this project argues, the erasure of that story is something we are only now beginning to address.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subjectHudson's Bay Companyen_US
dc.subjectHistoryen_US
dc.subjectWebs of relationshipen_US
dc.subjectWest Indiesen_US
dc.subjectWomenen_US
dc.subjectFamily businessen_US
dc.subjectFur tradeen_US
dc.subjectNorth West Companyen_US
dc.subjectslaveryen_US
dc.subjectIndigenousen_US
dc.subjectBlacken_US
dc.subjectEmpireen_US
dc.subjectColonialismen_US
dc.subjectImperial projecten_US
dc.subjectCanadaen_US
dc.subjectRaceen_US
dc.title“especially in this free Country:” Webs of Empire, Slavery and the Fur Tradeen_US
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis
dc.typedoctoral thesisen_US
dc.degree.disciplineHistoryen_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommitteeFranks, Christopher (History)en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommitteeSinclair, Niigaan (Native Studies)en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommitteeThorpe, Jocelyn (Women's and Gender Studies)en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommitteePodruchny, Carolyn (York University)en_US
dc.degree.levelDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)en_US
dc.description.noteOctober 2021en_US
local.subject.manitobayesen_US


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