The Boston Harbor Islands: A History of an Urban Wilderness

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Despite the relentless development of the past two centuries, Boston's coastal geography is still defined by its Harbor Islands. Carved and sculpted by massive glaciers from millennia past, this constellation of thirty-odd isles—notorious for swirling currents, surging tides, and treacherous submerged hazards—has played an outsized role in the city's history and growth. In The Boston Harbor Islands: The History of An Urban Wilderness, David Kales examines the astonishing range of uses Bostonians have found for their neighboring archipelago. From pirates' havens to military fortifications, the Harbor Islands have undergone innumerable transformations. Now, as Kales describes, conservation agencies hope to revitalize the oft-neglected islands, which were recently designated as a National Park Area. Filled with fascinating stories, The Boston Harbor Islands is the perfect primer for readers seeking to learn more about a unique maritime landscape located just a ferry ride away from Boston.
ISBN: 9781596292901
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: Brief History
Images: 63
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 7 (w) x 10 (h)
David Kales has been a journalist, editor, and freelance writer for over forty years. His journalist experience includes Newsweek, Forbes, INC magazine, and foreign correspondent for the Hearst Newspapers, covering the Vietnam War and Southeast Asia. He has published several books, including one previous title on the Boston Harbor Islands.
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