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Sea otters : a history

Author: Richard Ravalli
Publisher: Lincoln [Nebraska] : University of Nebraska Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Studies in Pacific worlds.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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More than any other nonhuman species, it was the sea otter that defined the world's largest oceanscape prior to the California gold rush. In addition to the more conventional aspects of the sea otter trade, including Russian expansion in Alaska, British and American trading in the Pacific Northwest, and Spanish colonial ventures along the California coast, the global importance of the species can be seen in its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Ravalli
ISBN: 0803284403 9780803284401
OCLC Number: 1022084501
Description: xxiv, 189 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Rakkoshima, the Sea Otter Islands --
Promyshlenniki and Padres --
Boston Men --
Near Extinction and Reemergence --
Nukes, Aquaria, and Cuteness --
Conclusion --
Appendix : List of Vessels Engaged in the California Sea Otter Trade, 1786-1847.
Series Title: Studies in Pacific worlds.
Responsibility: Richard Ravalli.

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Synthesizes anew the sea otter's complex history of interaction with humans by drawing on new histories of the species that consider international and global factors beyond the fur trade, including  Read more...

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