As the Mackinaw Company still continued its rivalry, and as the fur trade would not advantageously admit of competition, he made a new arrangement in 1811, by which, in conjunction with certain partners of the Northwest Company, and other persons engaged in the fur trade, he bought out the Mackinaw Company, and merged that and the American Fur Company into a new association, to be called the "Southwest Company.
Astor became proprietor of one half of the Indian establishments and goods which the Mackinaw Company had within the territory of the Indian country in the United States, and it was understood that the whole was to be surrendered into his hands at the expiration of five years, on condition that the American Company would not trade within the British dominions.
Overalls, work shirts, mackinaws
, jeans, and other products were among the goods offered for sale.
It would have lottery-minded Americans grabbing for their mackinaws
, earmuffs and hip boots from Maine to California and all points between.
The sight of a parade of men wearing parkas, Mackinaws
, whipcord breeches, high boots, cowbody boots, Western hats and led by a man in a Bowler did not add credulity to the cover story.
The recommendation: Determine the areas where the mackinaws
spawn and use gill nets to drag them out.