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Warship under sail : the USS Decatur in the Pacific West

Author: Lorraine McConaghy; Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest.
Publisher: Seattle : Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest : in association with University of Washington Press, ©2009.
Series: Emil and Kathleen Sick lecture-book series in western history and biography, 15.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A social history of the nineteenth-century sloop of war "Decatur," that illuminates American expansionism in the antebellum Pacific Northwest.
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Genre/Form: History
Naval history
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lorraine McConaghy; Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest.
ISBN: 9780295989556 0295989556
OCLC Number: 320802551
Description: xi, 381 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm.
Contents: Young America on the Pacific : "The sailor of manifest destiny views" --
The Decatur in the old Navy : "To command our own seas and coasts" --
Boston : getting under way --
Episode 1: Through the Strait of Magellan : "Off to Californio!" --
Episode 2: Seattle : "Down came the Indians, like so many demons" --
San Francisco : "This reckless life" --
Episode 3: Nicaragua : "Seeing the elephant" --
Episode 4: Panama : "All the subtle demonisms of life and thought" --
The Civil War and beyond.
Series Title: Emil and Kathleen Sick lecture-book series in western history and biography, 15.
Responsibility: Lorraine McConaghy.
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Ordered to join the Pacific Squadron in 1854, the US Navy warship Decatur sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, through the Strait of Magellan to Valparaiso, Honolulu, and Puget Sound, then on to San  Read more...

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This is a rich resource, both for 19th-century American politics and the human side of ship life. * Reference and Book News * Warship Under Sail recounts the Decatur's exploits during several years Read more...

 
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