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The Northwest Coast

The Northwest Coast


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In 1849 James Swan turned his back on his wife and two children, a prosperous ship-fitting business, and the polite and predictable world of commerce in Boston and fled to the newly opened gold fields in California. Soon sick of the bonanza society, he emigrated to a shallow harbor called Shoalwater Bay (now Willapa Bay) north of the Columbia River in Washington Territory.

Swan eagerly became a part of the frontier community, enjoying the company of both the white settlers and friendly Indians in the area. First published in 1857, his classic account of the western frontier remains fresh and timely for the modern reader. Swan saw himself as both an observer and participant in a barbaric invasion. His interest in the Indians and his acceptance of them as individuals of importance and integrity emerge clearly in a lively and informed narrative.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780295951904
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publisher Imprint: University of Washington Press
  • Depth: 25
  • Height: 204 mm
  • No of Pages: 460
  • Series Title: Washington Papers (Paperback)
  • Sub Title: Or, Three Years' Residence in Washington Territory
  • Width: 139 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0295951907
  • Publisher Date: 01 Apr 1972
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 26 mm
  • Weight: 504 gr


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