The Chouteau Family and the Osage Trade: A Generational Study
- Author(s): Thorne, Tanis
- Editor(s): Buckley, Thomas
- et al.
With the publication of Jennifer Brown's Strangers in Blood and Sylvia Van Kirk's "Many Tender Ties," a social history of mixed- blood families in the fur trade is fast acquiring form and discipline. This trend in scholarship has been accelerated by the redefinition of the fur trade as, in John Elgin Foster's words, "a set of politico-economic alliances, linking various Indian bands and the traders of different trading systems."1 Marriages between traders and Indian women, it has been argued, cemented trade alliances by facilitating political harmony and economic cooperation. 2