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Frontier Seaport: Detroit's Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepot

Catherine Cangany


Frontier Seaport begins by asking: when, how, to what degree, and with what consequences did “frontier” and “Atlantic” coexist in early Detroit? In six chapters, it argues that colonial Detroit's status as a successful fur-trading center, accessible via the Great Lakes, hastened the town's economic and cultural incorporation into the broader Atlantic world. Early chapters foreground Detroit's Atlantic connections, showing how they were strengthened by the settlement's positioning on the frontier. In turn, by 1780, almost 80 years after its founding by the French, British Detroit participate ... More

Keywords: Atlantic, British, colonial Detroit, commerce, cultural Detroit, French, frontier, Native, political Detroit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226096704
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226096841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Cangany, author