By Andrew F. Smith

ISBN-10: 0520261844

ISBN-13: 9780520261846

In a full of life account of the yank tuna during the last century, celebrated nutrients author and student Andrew F. Smith relates how tuna went from being offered essentially as a fertilizer to turning into the main in general ate up fish within the kingdom. In American Tuna, the so-called "chicken of the sea" is either the topic and the backdrop for different points of yank heritage: U.S. overseas coverage, immigration and environmental politics, and nutritional traits. Smith recounts how tuna grew to become a favored inexpensive high-protein nutrition starting in 1903, while the 1st can rolled off the meeting line. by way of 1918, skyrocketing revenues made it one in every of America's most well-liked seafoods. within the many years that undefined, the yankee tuna hired millions, but at at mid-century creation began to fade. matters approximately poisonous degrees of methylmercury, by-catch matters, and over-harvesting all contributed to the loss of life of the this present day, whilst in simple terms 3 significant canned tuna manufacturers exist within the usa, all international owned. A amazing solid of characters—fishermen, advertisers, immigrants, epicures, and environmentalists, between many others—populate this interesting chronicle of yank tastes and the forces that effect them.

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The epidemic was particularly deadly among the close living quarters of the Missouri Indians. Native medicine aggravated the problem. Indians treated a fever with a steam bath (each village had a permanent sweat lodge) and a plunge into a nearby stream. This was exactly the wrong thing to do with a body weakened by small pox, and it usually brought a quick death to the stricken patient. The Mandans, Hidatsas, and Arikaras lost an estimated two-thirds of their population in the epidemic. Under pressure from the Dakotas, the Arikaras abandoned their fortified cities and gathered in huddled settlements next to the Mandans and Hidatsas.

On the northern edge of this Missouri River–Red River complex European explorers would encounter roving bands of Cree and Assiniboine hunters, whose home villages lay in present-day Canada. To the west were the buffalo-hunting Crows, whose homes were in the valleys of the Powder and Big Horn Rivers of present-day Wyoming. And to the south lay the numerous and powerful Pawnee and Kiowa tribes of present-day Nebraska and Kansas. 18 lords of the northern plains Map 3. Location of Indian tribes of the northern plains, ca.

Anthony. By that date also the Oglalas and Brules had begun a trade with the Arikaras, whose own hunters ranged as far west as the Black Hills. The relationship was at first friendly but soon turned deadly as a result of dramatic changes in the lives of the Plains Indians. The disruption was a by-product of Spanish settlement of the Gulf Coast and Mexico, a cultural intrusion that brought two new elements to life on the plains — the horse and a deadly small pox contagion. 30 lords of the northern plains Map 4.

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