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

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

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By (author) James P. Delgado

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 31mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520255801
  • ISBN 13: 9780520255807
  • Illustrations note: 22 b/w photographs, 9 line illustrations, 18 tables
  • Sales rank: 914,830

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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 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.

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Author information

James P. Delgado is the President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. His previous books include Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea, Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage, and the British Museum Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology.

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"A fantastic tale of maritime history on the Pacific frontier." American Archaeology 20091001 "Delgado's book is both a monumental labor and a tour de force... Highly recommended." Choice 20100708 "Valuable for enticing readers to history." Intl Journal Of Maritime History 20100712 "An essential reference for anyone interested in the salty side of San Francisco history." -- Lynn Downey California Historian 20110617 "An essential reference for anyone interested in the salty side of San Francisco history." -- Lynn Downey California Historian 20110701

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