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Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy

The Lower Mississippi Valley before 1783

Daniel Usner, Jr.

Cloth ISBN 9780807820148

Paper ISBN 9780807843581

Copyright 1992 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  Jamestown Prize (1990)
  John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association (1993)
  Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1993)

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This detailed and nuanced account represents the most exciting of historical endeavors. Studying at once the establishment of European empires and the economics of everyday life, Usner delineates with insight and sympathy a common world of African slaves, Indian peoples, and European immigrants in the lower Mississippi valley.

--Richard White

Usner’s pathbreaking study is far more than a social and economic history of early Louisiana, for it also explains how different peoples there interacted and how colonial regions develop a complex, distinctive style of life of their own. . . . Usner has rescued a neglected but crucially important sector of American colonial history—that of French Louisiana before 1783—and made it a part of the mainstream narrative.

--Howard R. Lamar

The book is most interesting in its discussion of how Indians, Africans, and Europeans all contributed knowledge and skills to a common economic community.

--Journal of Social History

Breaks new ground, not only in Louisiana or Mississippi Valley history, but in the evolution of interdisciplinary historical research and writing. Usner skillfully blends perspectives from social history, ethnohistory, environmental history, and the new military history, as well as economics, geography, and other traditional disciplines into a study that will influence the field for many years to come.

--Louisiana History