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Gold rush port : the maritime archaeology of San Francisco's waterfront

Author: James P Delgado
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Described as a "forest of masts," San Francisco's Gold Rush waterfront was a floating economy of ships and wharves, where a dazzling array of goods was traded, transported from around the globe to this port city. Drawing on excavations of buried ships and collapsed buildings from this period, James P. Delgado recreates San Francisco's unique maritime landscape, shedding new light on the city's remarkable rise from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James P Delgado
ISBN: 9780520255807 0520255801
OCLC Number: 244177123
Description: xiv, 238 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Theoretical Perspective --
Global Maritime Connections in the Pacific before the Gold Rush --
Development of the Gold Rush San Francisco Waterfront --
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 --
Appendix 1: Commission Merchant Business Cards from the Supplemental Daily Alta California, October 4, 1849 --
Appendix 2: The "Representative Storeship" of 1849/1851 --
Appendix 3: Cargo Stored As Merchandise aboard the General Harrison Storeship.
Responsibility: James P. Delgado.
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Described as a 'forest of masts', San Francisco's Gold Rush waterfront was a floating economy of ships and wharves, where an array of global goods was traded and transported. This work covers the  Read more...

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