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New Life for Old Fur Trade Data: Asking New Questions of the 1974 Atlas of Canada Posts of the Canadian Fur Trade Map.

Author(s): John J. Knoerl ; T. Kurt Knoerl

Year: 2016

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Summary

A detailed map entitled "Posts of the Canadian Fur Trade" was included in the fourth edition of the Atlas of Canada.  Over 800 fur trade locations spanning the years 1600-1800 were noted on the map along with the company affiliation, and duration of operation.  A quick glance at the map shows how this important aspect of the French and British colonial economies spanned the continent’s northern regions and consequently its aboriginal inhabitants.  Forty-one years later little is known about the map's origins in terms of its sources or authors.   This paper examines the research potential for pulling this data set into a modern GIS system in order to ask new questions that could not be applied to the paper version of the map.  In this way the efforts put into creating such a detailed and useful map can once again to contribute to the study of the Canadian fur trade.


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New Life for Old Fur Trade Data: Asking New Questions of the 1974 Atlas of Canada Posts of the Canadian Fur Trade Map.. John J. Knoerl, T. Kurt Knoerl. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434754)


Keywords

General
Canada Fur Trade Gis

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
17th-early 19th Century


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 623

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America