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Freshwater Passages: The Trade and Travels of Peter Pond by David Chapin (review)

Freshwater Passages: The Trade and Travels of Peter Pond by David Chapin (review) R EVI EWS EDITED BY SEAN HARVEY AND L UCIA M c MAHON Freshwater Passages: The Trade and Travels of Peter Pond. By David Chapin. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. Pp. 367. Cloth, $50.00.) Reviewed by Theodore J. Karamanski Peter Pond was a Connecticut-born fur trader who, in the late eighteenth century, played a significant supporting role in the creation of the Montreal-based Northwest Company and in the mapping of the far northwest regions of North America. David Chapin has produced a well- written and thoroughly researched biography. His volume reveals a mas- tery of the subject that was won in numerous archives as well as via canoe and portage over lands nearly as wild today as they were in Pond’s day. Pond has had a somewhat tarnished reputation in fur-trade history. While he has long been recognized for his role in expanding the Cana- dian fur trade into the Arctic drainage, he also has been disparaged as unrefined and virtually unlettered. More importantly, Pond has been portrayed by fur-trade historians as a quarrelsome, violent figure likely guilty of one or more murders. Chapin has undertaken an exhaustive review of a wide range of primary sources to offer http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Freshwater Passages: The Trade and Travels of Peter Pond by David Chapin (review)

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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Copyright © 2008 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
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1553-0620

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R EVI EWS EDITED BY SEAN HARVEY AND L UCIA M c MAHON Freshwater Passages: The Trade and Travels of Peter Pond. By David Chapin. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. Pp. 367. Cloth, $50.00.) Reviewed by Theodore J. Karamanski Peter Pond was a Connecticut-born fur trader who, in the late eighteenth century, played a significant supporting role in the creation of the Montreal-based Northwest Company and in the mapping of the far northwest regions of North America. David Chapin has produced a well- written and thoroughly researched biography. His volume reveals a mas- tery of the subject that was won in numerous archives as well as via canoe and portage over lands nearly as wild today as they were in Pond’s day. Pond has had a somewhat tarnished reputation in fur-trade history. While he has long been recognized for his role in expanding the Cana- dian fur trade into the Arctic drainage, he also has been disparaged as unrefined and virtually unlettered. More importantly, Pond has been portrayed by fur-trade historians as a quarrelsome, violent figure likely guilty of one or more murders. Chapin has undertaken an exhaustive review of a wide range of primary sources to offer

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Apr 29, 2015

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