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Public lecture: Native and European trade relations in historic Michigan

Date and Time

Thursday, December 13, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


  • Lake Michigan Hall - 249


This talk will discuss the trade relationships between the Ottawa living along the Grand River in Kent County, Michigan and the local traders, Rix Robinson and Daniel de Marsac during the early nineteenth century, as well as the relationships between the Potawatomi living in the St. Joseph River Valley and William Burnett and the Fort Wayne Indian Agency.  I will discuss how using a resource dependency framework allows us to use these trade relationships to gain a better understanding of the power dynamics between these various groups, as well as the variety of strategies Native Americans used to combat colonial powers and negotiate the economic situation to their benefit during a time of significant political upheaval.



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