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Animating Industriousness

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Beyond London, the larger metropolitan centres of European commerce were appraising and analyzing the specter of "unfair" Indian trading. Between the 1740s and the 1770s, metropolitan writers, colonial governors and military officers of numerous ranks would urge that the very weight of imperial regulation and control had to come to bear on the Indian trade and the "injustices" taking place in the developing commerce in North American forests. In order to widen purchases of British goods, meet Indian demands and even create "imaginary" needs among them, the Imperial state would, in the end, move significantly to temper the very workings of colonial commerce in America itself. The doubts of the utility of trade in Indian territory set the backdrop for a new understanding of Indians as traders in a truly globalizing market.

Keywords: colonial traders; European commerce; Indian territory; North America



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