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Gold Rush Port The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco's Waterfront

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ISBN-10: 0520255801

ISBN-13: 9780520255807

Edition: 2009

Authors: James P. Delgado

List price: $85.00
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San Francisco's Gold Rush waterfront, a "forest of masts," was a floating economy of ships and wharves where a dazzling array of global goods was traded and transported. Drawing on decades of excavations in buried ships and collapsed buildings from this period, James Delgado recreates San Francisco's unique maritime landscape, shedding new light on the city's remarkable rise from a small village to a boomtown of thousands in the three short years from 1848 to 1851. Gleaning history from artifacts-preserves and liquors in bottles, leather boots and jackets, hulls of ships, even crocks of butter lying alongside discarded guns-and drawing from documentary sources,Gold Rush Portpaints a fascinating picture of how ships and global connections created the port and the city of San Francisco. Setting the city's history into the wider web of international relationships and trade, Delgado finds that San Francisco was a carefully planned center of commerce-the outpost of American ambitions on the Pacific. This engaging blend of history and urban archaeology reshapes our understanding of developments in the Pacific that would lead to a world system of trading and explores San Francisco's pivotal place in this emerging system.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/4/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Theoretical Perspective
Global Maritime Connections in the Pacific before the Gold Rush
Development of the Gold Rush San Francisco Waterfront
The Commission Merchants
The Archaeology of Gold Rush San Francisco's Waterfront
Gold Rush Cargoes: Evidence of the World Maritime System
San Francisco and the Nineteenth-Century World Maritime System
Commission Merchant Business Cards from the Supplemental Daily Alta California, October 4, 1849
The "Representative Storeship" of 1849-1851
Cargo Stored As Merchandise aboard the General Harrison Storeship
Sources Consulted and Cited
Index