This collection includes more than 647,000 records for people arriving in the port of Seattle, Washington over a 67 year period. While the information for each person varies, Washington, Seattle Passenger Lists, 1890-1957 typically provides:
Although Seattle was incorporated in 1869, relatively recently for an American city, it quickly became an important center for exporting the regions rich natural resources, and so the population relied on sea travel and trade. During the first decades of the 20th century, the population boomed in part due to immigration, and today Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington.
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