A Trade Advantage

Brad Lieb

As anthropologist Brad Lieb explains, leaders of prominent towns were able to set up trade relations with both the French and British, which allowed the Chickasaws to keep their prices down with the flexibility to obtain goods from whichever the party that offered lower prices and/or better quality. The Europeans bestowed gifts on Chickasaw leaders that favored them, and the small size of the tribe allowed them to maintain unity through times of upheaval.


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