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Beyond the Golden Gate: A Maritime History of California


Timothy G. Lynch








318 Pages




Maritime History


Beyond the Golden Gate: A Maritime History of California is the first book-length treatment of California’s connection to the sea. Here, noted maritime historian Timothy Lynch looks at the history of the Golden State through the prism of the maritime world: we see how the region developed and how indigenous persons interacted with the marine ecosystem. We see how they and others–Spanish, English, Russian, American–interpreted and constructed the oceans, lakes and river networks of the region. The waterways served as highways, protective barriers, invasion routes, cultural inspiration, zones of recreation, sources of sustenance: much as they do today. We see how the Gold Rush transformed the region, wreaking havoc on the marine environment,and how the scale and scope of maritime operations waxed and waned in the decades after that event. In all, the delicate balance between protection and utilization is paramount.

About Author

Timothy G. Lynch earned his doctorate in American History at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He served as a fellow at Mystic Seaport's Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime History and has held leadership positions in a number of professional organizations, including the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH). With several dozen publications and presentations to his credit, he is an acknowledged expert in maritime history and in the Irish-American experience. A former faculty member at the California Maritime Academy, Dr. Lynch is currently Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the State University of New York, Maritime College.