The Empire of the St. Lawrence: A Study in Commerce and Politics

The Empire of the St. Lawrence: A Study in Commerce and Politics

by Donald Creighton, Christopher Moore

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Originally published in 1937 as "The Commercial Empire of the St. Lawrence, 1760-1850" and re-issued in its present form in 1956, Donald Creighton's study of the St. Lawrence became an essential text in Canadian history courses. This, his first book, helped establish Creighton as the foremost English Canadian historian of his generation. In it, he examines the trading system that developed along the St. Lawrence River and he argues that the exploitation of key staple products by colonial merchants along the St. Lawrence River system was key to Canada's economic and national development. Creighton tells the story of the St. Lawrence empire largely from the perspective of these Canadian merchants, who, above all others, struggled to win the territorial empire of the St. Lawrence and to establish the Canadian commercial state.

Christopher H. Moore, historian and Governor General Award winner, has written a new introduction to this classic text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487516819
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 06/22/2017
Series: The Canada 150 Collection
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

The late Donald Creighton (1902-1979) was the outstanding narrative historian of Canada in his era. A long-time professor of history at the University of Toronto, his other books include The Empire of the St. Lawrence, The Road to Confederation, and Canada's First Century.

Christopher Moore is the author of several notable books in Canadian legal history. A two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, he writes regularly for both Canada’s History and Law Times.

Table of Contents

A River with Attitude: The Empire of the St. Lawrence, Donald Creighton, and the History of Canadavii
Preface to the Re-issue [1956]xvii
Part IThe First Unity of the St. Lawrence
I.The Economy of the North1
II.The Merchants' Political Programme22
III.Canada and the American Revolution56
Part IITransition in the Region of the Lower Lakes
IV.First Consequences of 178387
V.The Rise of the New Staple Trades116
VI.The Clash with the French Canadians143
VII.The End of the Fur Trade175
Part IIIThe Struggle for the Second Commercial Empire
VIII.The Failure of the Union205
IX.The Reform of the Old Colonial System231
X.Commerce versus Agriculture255
XII.The Last Recovery321
XIII.Final Collapse349
Bibliographical Note387
Boundaries, 1763-1791418
Fur Trade Routes419
The Canals of Canada in 1850 and in 1936420

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