The Rich History of Seattle

 By: Elisa Faith
Spread on the latitude of 47* 36' 23" North and longitude of 122* 19' 50" West, Seattle is the heart of Washington D.C. Situated on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is the largest state in Northwest United States.

Seattle has been inhabited since as early as the end of the last glacial period which is about 8, 0000 to 10, 0000 years ago. The Duwamish and Suquamish tribe people settled there in 1850s in 13 villages. It is for this very reason; Seattle has been named after one of the tribe chief of Duwamish and Suquamish, Chief Seattle. However the founding of Seattle is dated to 1851, with the arrival of Denny Party. Though it was John C Holgate which established the farming settlement in Seattle but in 1852 Arthur A. Denny left the original site for Elliot Bay.

In the beginning, forest of at least 1, 000 to 2,000 year old tress as long as 400 covered most of what is today Seattle. Thus, Seattle mostly depended on its Timber industry. The development of Seattle also leads to a battle known as the Battle of Seattle in 25 January 1856 between the local Native American and people of Seattle.

It was on 14 January 1865, when Seattle was officially named as a town and chartered in the next year 1869. As the time passed, Seattle gradually started to take shape of a city though its school barely worked; sewage and plumbing system were a rarity. Nevertheless its first church was opened in 1869 and a railroad known as the Great Northern Railway in 1884, followed by Seattle printers in 1886 and cigar makers in 1887, tailors in 1889 and both brewers and musicians in 1890.

Seattle was well, settled on the road to establishment and prosperity but the great fire on June 6 1889, and brought this magnificent development to an obvious halt. Though the fire soon turned into a Gold Rush Era for the Seattle settlers and this automatically improved the economy of Seattle and lead to immigration and an obvious construction expanding Seattle. The second big boom hit Seattle in world War two. And thus from then there was no stopping though shut of Boeing factories lost job of 70, 000 people but never the less it didn't halted the prosperity.

Roads, Gymnasiums, schools, universities and other facilities were common in Seattle and with Microsoft moving its small firm in Seattle in 1979 and by 1985 Microsoft was a billionaire firm, benefiting Seattle with jobs, opportunities.

Today's Seattle, is a highly developed, physically beautiful, rich with history and cultures. It is far more independent though its structure is same to what it was in 1960s. Now it hosts people from different race, cultures and belief. It is very much an example of a highly established city.
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