Erritorial court to exempt them from duties on grain
taken from Canada to Detroit Others used loopholes n revenue laws like the nterlacing of domestic and foreign ports from Canada to Detroit Others used loopholes n revenue laws like the nterlacing of domestic and foreign ports call 194 on Lakes voyages freely to trade with Canadian ports or used sleighs to smuggle goods across the frozen Detroit River Smuggling like the other evasions and protests Cangany discusses was an attempt by merchants and ordinary citizens alike to preserve and maintain the networks and manners of local daily commerce that had been n placebefore American occupation Generally they managed to preserve those pre 1796 networks and customs for the next several decades and slowly adapt them to the long distance market economy with which Detroiters were ncreasingly engaging pp 128 30 159 64 176 79Like many first books FRONTIER SEAPORT has modest goals and achieves them all The only criticism of the book I can offer derives from ts conceptual modesty and conseuent disinclination to nterrogate the word seaport As my colleague Isaac Land observes seaports were both economic and social entities places whose nhabitants exchanged not only commodities but also customs deas beliefs and even family members n marriage Detroit doesn t seem to fit very well nto this definition Cangany notes for example that the city s social circles were uite closed n the nineteenth century and dominated by a few older French and British families p 167 I suspect Cangany has or knows of other sources that could allow us to determine just how clannish or cosmopolitan the city was by the mid 1800s data on church membership nformation on fur trading families long distance connections
and analysis ofanalysis of city s political rather than legal relationship with the new metropole on the Atlantic seaboard to name a few possibilities One hopes that she will address these mportant cultural and political uestions n her future research For the time being we may be glad that Cangany has helped open this ntriguing and conflicted society to scholarly nuir. To Russia and China thus opening Detroit’s shores for eastern merchants and other transplants This nflux of newcomers brought ts own transatlantic networks and fed residents’ desires for popular culture and manufactured merchandise Detroit began to be both a frontier town and seaport city a mixed dentity Cangany argues that hindered t from becoming a thoroughly “American” metropolis.
Catherine Cangany ñ 7 FREE DOWNLOADReally great history of early Detroit Catherine Cangany explores the history of Detroit from ts
settlement n 1701 until the mid 19th century Cangany looks at many facets of Detroit s historyin 1701 until the mid 19th century Cangany looks at many facets of Detroit s history how Detroiters transitioned from French to British to American dentities and legal systems cultural relations with Native American peoples and ts commercial connections to the larger Atlantic WorldFrontier Seaport s a fascinating read for anyone nterested n early American culture and frontier settlements The title of this monograph contains for those n the know a paradox Seaports by their nature are cosmopolitan cities dependent on nternational trade and cultural exchange for their existence Frontiers by contrast are places distant from mperial centers where locals may exchange goods and lifeways but generally try to preserve their ndependence from empires and foreign markets This paradox generates the analytical and narrative tension n Catherine Cangany s first book a study of Detroit n the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Detroiters were a highly localist even clannish people who pushed back
Against The Regulations And Reconstruction Plans Of Their American Occupiersthe regulations and reconstruction plans of their American occupiers at the same time accepted ncorporation nto the Atlantic economic system That acceptance nhered Cangany suggests n the town s origins as a provisioning and shipping center for the Great Lakes fur trade and as a supply base for the French allied Christianized Wyandot communities nearby Commerce generated a demand for craftsmen and by 1810 Detroit had over 200 artisans shops ncluding a coach maker Trade also enriched local merchants who n the late eighteenth century built a small fleet of Lake sloops turning Detroit nto an even active shipping center created a local credit system and mported ncreasing uantities of European goods Credit and luxury merchandise were both plentiful n the town by the 1790s pp 8 25 32 37 67 uoteLuxury goods became Detroit s primary entree nto the Atlantic system. Detroit’s ndustrial health has long been crucial to the American economy Today’s troubles notwithstanding Detroit has experienced multiple periods of prosperity particularly n the second half of the eighteenth century when the city was the center of the thriving fur trade Its proximity to the West as well as ts access to the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River positioned this new metro. Detroiters and their Indian neighbors consumed a growing uantity of transnational goods 64 like tableware metal wares textiles and books Local whites #incorporated mported goods nto their regional lifeways such as their carrioles French winter time dinner # imported goods nto their regional lifeways such as their carrioles French winter time dinner dancing parties to which families came via 30 mile sleigh rides Conversely as their town became enmeshed n long distance trade Detroiters began producing a local value added export good of their own moccasins which evolved from a utilitarian product made by Indians nto a manufactured luxury Detroiters nitially bought these animal hide shoes
Decorated With Porcupine Uillswith porcupine uills ribbons from their Native American neighbors then made them themselves for sale to the British army then began mass producing the footwear through a putting out system nvolving local merchants and tanners By the 1810s Detroit moccasins had become a fashionable commodity n eastern American cities where marketers persuaded white Americans to see them as consumable symbols of a once proud now dying Indian race 70 103Detroit residents proved much less willing to accommodate themselves however to new political and legal regimes particularly those ntroduced by the United States when t occupied the town n 1796 Living under British civil law and empowered to arbitrate some of their own cases during the British regime Detroiters were alarmed when Americans ntroduced martial law n 1797 Some left the town n disgust while others stayed to protest Michigan s ncorporation without representation nto Indiana Territory Residents also resisted American efforts to redesign the town after an 1805 fire Planners like Augustus Woodward wanted to rebuild Detroit on a geometric plan but French habitants wanted to keep their old ribbon farms and British merchants wanted to follow the rectilinear model of Philadelphia In the end the merchants won out And American controls on trade across the nternational border proved very difficult to enforce Local French settlers got a Polis at the ntersection of the fur rich frontier and the Atlantic trade routes In Frontier Seaport Catherine Cangany details this seldom discussed chapter of Detroit’s history She argues that by the time of the American Revolution Detroit functioned much like a coastal town as a result of the prosperous fur trade serving as a critical link n a commercial chain that stretched all the way.