A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound
Focusing on the area south of Port Townsend and between the Cascade and Olympic mountains, Williams uncovers human and natural histories in, on, and around the Sound. In conversations with archaeologists, biologists, and tribal authorities, Williams traces how generations of humans have interacted with such species as geoducks, salmon, orcas, rockfish, and herring. He sheds light on how warfare shaped development and how people have moved across this maritime highway, in canoes, the mosquito fleet, and today's ferry system. The book also takes an unflinching look at how the Sound's ecosystems have suffered from human behavior, including pollution, habitat destruction, and the effects of climate change.
Witty, graceful, and deeply informed,
A Michael J. Repass Book
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"[A] highly readable and enjoyable account that connects seemingly disparate threads and weaves together a complex mix of science and humanities that's greater than the sum of its parts – much like Puget Sound history itself."—MyNorthwest
"Williams's thorough research is presented in a beautiful narrative that is not only entertaining but informative and will transform our understanding of the region."—Joseph K. Gaydos, coauthor of "Williams does an excellent job of bringing together the complex histories of a complicated place and frames the recent human history of Puget Sound with the natural history of species such as rockfish and sea anemones.
"Williams does an excellent job of bringing together the complex histories of a complicated place and frames the recent human history of Puget Sound with the natural history of species such as rockfish and sea anemones.