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The Daring Trader
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A fur trader in the Michigan Territory and confidant of both the U.S. government and local Indian tribes, Jacob Smith could have stepped out of a James Fenimore Cooper novel. Controversial, mysterious, and bold during his lifetime, in death Smith has not, until now, received the attention he deserves as a pivotal figure in Michigan’s American period and the War of 1812. This is the exciting and unlikely story of a man at the frontier’s edge, whose missions during both war and peace laid the groundwork for Michigan to accommodate settlers and farmers moving west. The book investigates Smith’s many pursuits, including his role as an advisor to the Indians, from whom the federal government would gradually gain millions of acres of land, due in large part to Smith’s work as an agent of influence. Crawford paints a colorful portrait of a complicated man during a dynamic period of change in Michigan’s history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Chapter One: Witness to Murder: Saginaw, 1802
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Chapter Two: The Saginaw Trail
  2. pp. 18-30
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  1. Chapter Three: Trouble in Detroit
  2. pp. 31-41
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  1. Chapter Four: War Clouds
  2. pp. 42-53
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  1. Chapter Five: War in the Michigan Territory
  2. pp. 54-64
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  1. Chapter Six: The Arrest of Jacob Smith
  2. pp. 65-74
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  1. Chapter Seven: I Pray You Inform Me . . . the Character of Jacob Smith
  2. pp. 75-89
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  1. Chapter Eight: Abduction to Saginaw
  2. pp. 90-97
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  1. Chapter Nine: The Return of the Boyer Children
  2. pp. 98-105
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  1. Chapter Ten: Jacob Smith versus Louis Campau, 1815
  2. pp. 106-119
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  1. Chapter Eleven: Peace
  2. pp. 120-129
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  1. Chapter Twelve: Conclude a Treaty for the Country upon the Saginac Bay
  2. pp. 130-141
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: The Treaty Councils Begin
  2. pp. 142-156
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: He Was Smart as Steel
  2. pp. 157-171
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  1. Chapter Fifteen: Mounting Trouble, Mounting Debt
  2. pp. 172-184
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  1. Chapter Sixteen: U.S. vs. Jacob Smith
  2. pp. 185-197
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  1. Chapter Seventeen: He Was Dissipated and Bad in His Habits
  2. pp. 198-211
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  1. Chapter Eighteen: It Is the Last Stir of the Dying Wind
  2. pp. 212-221
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  1. Chapter Nineteen: No One Was More Anxious to Secure Advantage Than Smith
  2. pp. 222-233
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  1. Chapter Twenty: The White Man Takes Away What He Bought of the Indians
  2. pp. 234-246
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  1. Images
  2. pp. Plates1-Plates12
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-286
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 287-294
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 295-305
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