Gold Rush Port: The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco's Waterfront / Edition 1

Gold Rush Port: The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco's Waterfront / Edition 1

by James P. Delgado
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520255801

ISBN-13: 9780520255807

Pub. Date: 03/04/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

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 global goods was traded and transported. Drawing on excavations in buried ships and collapsed buildings from this period, James P. Delgado re-creates San Francisco's unique maritime landscape, shedding new light on the city's

Overview

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 global goods was traded and transported. Drawing on excavations in buried ships and collapsed buildings from this period, James P. Delgado re-creates 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—Gold Rush Port paints 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, Delgado reshapes our understanding of developments in the Pacific that led to a world system of trading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255807
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments

1.
Introduction
2. Theoretical Perspective
3. Global Maritime Connections in the Pacific before the Gold Rush
4. Development of the Gold Rush San Francisco Waterfront
5. The Commission Merchants
6. The Archaeology of Gold Rush San Francisco's Waterfront
7. Gold Rush Cargoes: Evidence of the World Maritime System
8. 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
Sources Consulted and Cited

Index

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