From canoes to the mosquito fleet to our modern day ferry system, boats have been a principal means of travel around Puget Sound. In a landscape dominated by forest and sea, water was often the best way to get from point A to point B. This presentation by David B. Williams is based on research for his upcoming book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound. Williams will explore the 13,000-year history transportation in this extraordinary waterway to illustrate how landscape has a central influence on the residents of a place and how they live their lives.
David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide whose award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography explores the unprecedented engineering projects that shaped Seattle during the early part of the twentieth century. He is also the author of Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, and co-author of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal. Williams is also a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum. His upcoming book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound, will be published by the University of Washington Press in April 2021.
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