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Book review: 'Fur, Fortune, and Empire' by Eric Jay Dolin - latimes.com
In 1801 of 23 trading ships plying the Northwest Coast, 20 were American, a dominance that held into the 1830s. Boston merchants were so numerous that the natives referred to citizens of the United States as "Boston Men," and the New Englanders developed a global loop, sending trade trinkets to the Northwest, Northwest pelts to China and Chinese goods back to Boston. In the Rocky Mountains small groups of trappers and sailors engaged with bands of Indians, each the leading edge of contact for their respective peoples. Famous mountain men such as Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith also make appearances, as does necessarily the fur magnate John Jacob Astor, whose "unimaginably lucrative" American Fur Co. and ill-fated West Coast trading post Astoria figure heavily in the book. The Indians were "victims of injustice, cruelty, and oppression, and of a policy that seems to recognize power as the sole standard of right," recalls one veteran ship captain of the Northwest trade.
Summer  2010  July  EricJayDolin  hindsights  history  WildWest  USWest  NativeAmerican  1800s  1803  1804  1811  1820  1830  1840  furtrade  mountainmen  trappers  MissouriRiver  maps  journals  WilliamPriceHunt  AndrewHenry  JohnJacobAstor  Astoria  Rockies  Outpost  tradingpost  StLouis  GatewaytotheWest  Rendezvous  JedediahSmith  hero  expedition  HudsonsBayCo  BostonMen  JimBridger  AmericanFurCo  notes 
july 2010 by ahasteve
Confessions of a coonskin cap kid: R.I.P. Davy Crockett aka Fess Parker, 1924-2010 | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times
The problem for many of us is that we cannot separate Davy and Fess or vice versa. The link to politics here is that Davy actually served time in Congress, 1826-1835, back before the U.S. House of Representatives consisted of two partisan herds. Davy didn't like Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830, which was basically a land grab that resulted in the forcible eviction of tens of thousands of Indians from Southern and Eastern lands and their removal to the West. Davy didn't rightly see that as fair, seeing as how the Indians were there first and thought they had a bargain with the U.S. government and all. For his outspoken opposition to the White House Davy was defeated in 1834 and stormed off to Texas to join its Revolution. He died at the Alamo, either swinging an empty Old Betsy at Mexican troops or, according to another version, while enduring later torture. Eighty-eight years later Fess was born in the then-state of Texas and grew up in San Angelo, only 200 miles from the Alamo.
Spring  2010  March  USWest  California  boomersaurs  extinction  45+boomer  55+Boomer  65+SustainingSeniors  FessParker  DavyCrocket  IndianRemovalAct  AndrewJackson  1830  Alamo  Texas  SanAngelo  Texas 
march 2010 by ahasteve
America's economic meltdowns - Los Angeles Times
Speculation has been followed by collapse at least as far back as the South Sea bubble of 1720. The Panic of 1819 followed a period of crazy exuberance during which ordinary, nose-to-the-grindstone people found themselves tempted to risk too much. In the years leading up to 1819, a booming demand for cotton fueled a price spike. Men with money got rich buying and selling land and slaves as cotton prices rose dramatically. Men without money borrowed to invest, betting on the windfall from next year's crop. An estimated four-fifths of Philadelphia's skilled artisans faced the winter of 1819-1820 without work -- in an age with no benefits, no welfare, no Medicaid. Panics always subsided, then they came back again. A cotton boom recurred in the 1830s, collapsing in 1837. The next three big panics -- in 1857, 1873 and 1893 -- fed off railroad development accompanied by currency and stock speculation. The Crash of 1929 yielded a worldwide Great Depression.
Winter  2009  January  economy  past  J2020F  trends  Boom-bust-cycles  business-cycle  1720  1819  1830  1837  1857  1873  1893  notes 
january 2009 by ahasteve

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