"Cangany is one of a trio of young historians who are finally providing a new portrait of one of colonial America’s most fascinating places—Detroit! At once a frontier town, a seaport connected to the Atlantic World, and a bustling trading center with an incredibly diverse population, Detroit at the end of the eighteenth century was a city-in-waiting where one might see a bear ambling down the main street or find the latest Paris fashions. Anyone interested in frontier history, native studies, urban history, and the period of transition from empire to republic (territorial government under federal appointees) will profit mightily from reading this sparkling portrait of early Detroit. Chapter three relates the history of the moccasin trade, which begins in Detroit as a local cottage industry reflecting the city’s hybrid culture and develops into a national fad from the 1790s to the 1830s. Marketed as a ‘health aid’ as well as a quintessentially American, western, and native fashion statement, moccasins reinforced Detroit’s continuing integration into the Atlantic-World marketplace. This brilliant and fascinating chapter alone is worth the price of admission. This is history at its best: surprising, entertaining, fresh, and informative. It will challenge your stereotypes about Detroit and reaffirm your interest in the frontier. Enough biographies of the same old political figures! Buy several copies of Frontier Seaport and give them to your friends. You’ll be glad you did. Highly recommended for all students, young and old, of American History."