Shining Big Sea Water: The Story of Lake Superior (Paperback)

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In Shining Big Sea Water, historian Norman K. Risjord offers a grand tour of Lake Superior's remarkable history, taking readers through the centuries and into the lives of those who have traveled the lake and inhabited its shores.

Through lively, informative chapters, Risjord begins with the lake's cataclysmic geological birth, then explores the lives of native peoples along the shore before European contact and during the fur trade, showing how Superior functioned as a "blue-water highway" for Indians, early explorers, industries, and settlers. He outlines the development of such cities as Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; Ashland, Wisconsin; and Two Harbors, Minnesota, and tells the fascinating histories of life-saving lighthouses and famous shipwrecks. In the final chapter, Risjord looks to the future, offering a clear-eyed account of the environmental and economic challenges faced by America's largest freshwater lake.

Interspersed throughout the book are handy tips for travelers, highlighting historically significant sites that illustrate key pieces of Lake Superior's natural and human history, including national lakeshores in the United States and provincial parks in Canada.

Norman K. Risjord is the author of several books, including A Popular History of Minnesota and Wisconsin: The Story of the Badger State. He is an emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780873515900
ISBN-10: 0873515900
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication Date: May 15th, 2008
Pages: 224
Language: English

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