Arctic Passage: The Turbulent History of the Land and People of the Bering Sea 1697-1975: Hunt, William R.
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Arctic Passage: The Turbulent History of the Land and People of the Bering Sea 1697-1975

Author(s): Hunt, William R.

Copyright: 1975, Scribner’s, NY
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.xv, 395, 19 bw photos, green cloth
Condition: dj unclipped, fine, cloth tight, fine

The Aleutian-Commander Islands stretch from the Alaskan peninsula west for about two thousand miles, all but enclosing the Bering Sea, the passage to the Arctic Ocean and to Asia. Waters of the sea wash two continents: Asia and North America. Though little of its human drama has been chronicled, this is not a historical backwater. In the eighteenth century, Kamchatka and Alaska were better known than California. The region, vital and rich, has been tenaciously and savagely disputed by the native peoples, Spanish, British, Americans, and Russians.

For over two and a half centuries, men traveled north to this bridge between continents. Russians and Americans built settlements. In the classic pattern of the frontier, there was violent disregard for the people and the animal life. Wanton destruction of sea mammals and senseless naval wars mark the recorded history. But that is not the full story: dedicated scientists, humanitarians, prospectors, entrepreneurs, fishermen, and visionaries mined for gold, established trade, and defied the climate to open communications. This is the story of some of those men.





















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