SHELLFISH FOR THE CELESTIAL EMPIRE THE RISE AND FALL OF COMMERCIAL ABALONE FISHING IN CALIFORNIA

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Shellfish For The Celestial Kingdom

Author : Todd J. Braje
ISBN : 160781496X
Genre : Business & Economics
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In the 1800s, when California was captivated by gold fever, a small group of Chinese immigrants recognized the fortune to be made from the untapped resources along the state's coast, particularly from harvesting the black abalone of southern and Baja California. These immigrants, with skills from humble beginnings in a traditional Chinese fishing province, founded California's commercial abalone industry, and led its growth and expansion for several decades. By the turn of the twentieth century, however, their successful livelihood was stolen from them through targeted legislation of the U.S. and California governments. Today, the physical evidence of historical Chinese abalone fishing on the mainland has been erased by development. On California's Channel Islands, however, remnants of temporary abalone collecting and processing camps lie scattered along the coastlines. These sites hold a treasure trove of information, stories, lifeways, and history. Braje has excavated many of these sites and uses them to explore the history of Chinese abalone fishing, presenting a microcosm of the broader history of Chinese immigrants in America--their struggles, their successes, the institutionalized racism they faced, and the unique ways in which they helped to shape the identity of the United States.
Category: Business & Economics

Sea Otters

Author : Richard Ravalli
ISBN : 9781496212207
Genre : History
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More than any other nonhuman species, it was the sea otter that defined the world’s largest oceanscape prior to the California gold rush. In addition to the more conventional aspects of the sea otter trade, including Russian expansion in Alaska, British and American trading in the Pacific Northwest, and Spanish colonial ventures along the California coast, the global importance of the species can be seen in its impact on the East Asian maritime fur trade. This trade linked Imperial China, Japan, and indigenous Ainu peoples of the Kurile Islands as early as the fifteenth century. In Sea Otters: A History Richard Ravalli synthesizes anew the sea otter’s complex history of interaction with humans by drawing on new histories of the species that consider international and global factors beyond the fur trade, including sea mammal conservation, Cold War nuclear testing, and environmental tourism. Examining sea otters in a Pacific World context, Ravalli weaves together the story of imperial ambition, greed, and an iconic sea mammal that left a determinative imprint on the modern world.
Category: History

Das Antlitz Der Erde

Author : Eduard Suess
ISBN : 9785880687480
Genre : History
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Category: History

Blutland Von Der Leidenschaft Gerufen

Author : Delilah S. Dawson
ISBN : 9783838724874
Genre : Fiction
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Letitia glaubt, noch zu träumen, als sie sich völlig nackt an einem seltsamen Ort mitten in der Wildnis wiederfindet. Dann taucht ein attraktiver Fremder auf und erklärt, dass er sie mittels Magie in seine Welt gerufen hat. Kann das wahr sein? Ist sie wirklich in einer Parallelwelt gefangen? Doch wie könnte es anders sein, wenn sich verführerische Küsse ebenso echt anfühlen wie die scharfe Klinge eines Messers?
Category: Fiction