The Boston Harbor Islands: A History of an Urban Wilderness

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The History Press, 2007 - History - 158 pages
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From pirates' sanctuaries and military fortifications to national park areas, coastal Bostonians have found a seemingly endless series of uses for their harbor island archipelago. Sprinkled with fascinating stories, David Kales's book is the perfect primer for readers interested in learning more about this unique maritime landscape.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
Prehistory
11
European Discovery
15
Colonial Expansion
21
Boston Looks Seaward
26
The Pirates of Boston
31
The Speckled Monster of Boston
36
Taming the Wilderness
70
The Civil War
75
Transformation
87
Prisons and Sewage Treatment Plants
90
Maritime Tradition
93
Urban Nature
97
The Twentieth Century
108
Between the World Wars
116

The Gathering Storm
40
The Miracle of Dorchester Heights
43
War and Peace
52
Yankee Traders
58
New Boston
62
The Great Famine
65
The Cultural Hub
68
World War II
123
Remnants and Renaissance
129
The Twentyfirst Century
137
Bibliography
146
Index
155
About the Author
159
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