Washington Territory

Washington Territory

Book - 2002
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"Established in 1853, Washington remained a Territory until admitted into the Union thirty-six years later in 1889. Few other territories in the American West languished longer in dependent status. Because of a dividing geographical barrier (the Cascade Range) and the lack of an adequate internal transportation system, Washington Territory made little practical sense as a social and economic entity. Western Washington actually was a satellite of San Francisco and Eastern Washington of Portland, until railroads were completed along the Columbia River and, especially, over the Cascades in the mid-1880s. Essentially, Washington was not qualified for statehood until very late in its territorial period when railway tracks finally unified the region." "Washington Territory is the first comprehensive one-volume history of its type to appear since 1890. It will long serve as the definitive economic and political history of territorial Washington."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Pullman : Washington State University Press, c2002
ISBN: 9780874222494
0874222494
9780874222616
0874222613
Characteristics: [vii], 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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