Competition and Conservation in the Early Subarctic Fur Trade

TitleCompetition and Conservation in the Early Subarctic Fur Trade
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1978
AuthorsRay, AJ
JournalEthnohistory
Volume25
Pagination347-357
ISBN Number0014-1801
KeywordsHistory-The Americas, Sociology and Anthropology
Abstract

This paper examines the impact of English-French trading rivalry on hunting practices of Subarctic Indians groups before 1763. It is argued that this rivalry did not lead to the over-exploitation of the environment because of limitations in transportation technology, the dominance of Indian middlemen in the trading system, and the failure of these middlemen to fully exploit the potential consumer demand of their Indian clientele.; This paper examines the impact of English-French trading rivalry on hunting practices of Subarctic Indian groups before 1763. It is argued that this rivalry did not lead to the over-exploitation of the environment because of limitations in transportation technology, the dominance of Indian middlemen in the trading system, and the failure of these middlemen to fully exploit the potential consumer demand of their Indian clientele.