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Includes bibliographical references (p. -307) and index.
Overture : Mr. Pepys's hat -- The middle ground -- Employees, martyrs, and four hundred rifles -- Beaver wars -- Inland empires -- "This new man" -- Fires in the wilderness -- Colonel Washington's mission -- "Property of the Crown" -- "Set the world on fire" -- Fort Necessity -- Mercenary War -- "All North America in the hands of a single power" -- White savages -- Big knives and red people -- Anthony and Astor.
"... Reveals the astonishingly vital role a small animal-the beaver-played in the creation of our nation"--From publisher description.