Gold Rush Port The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco's Waterfront
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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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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/4/2009
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
|List of Tables|
|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|