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    Book Discussion on Fur, Fortune, and Empire

    Eric Jay Dolin presents a history of the American fur trade. First documented by Henry Hudson during his journey to America in 1609, the abundance of what Hudson deemed “good furs” led to European colonial interest and conflicts over its ownership. Mr. Dolin profiles several of the fur trades key players throughout its history, from Thomas Jefferson’s interests in seeing the fur trade grow past the Mississippi to John Jacob Astor, America’s first multimillionaire, whose fortune was built on fur. Eric Jay Dolin showed many slides as he discussed his book at University Book Store in Seattle.