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Seattle /sˈætəl/ is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located in the U.S. state of Washington between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 96 miles (155 km) south of the United States–Canadian border in King County, of which it is the county seat. Seattle was first settled by Europeans on November 14, 1851, by Arthur A. Denny and his crew, which would subsequently become known as the Denny party. Early settlements in the area were called New York, Alki and Duwamps; in 1853 at the suggestion of Doc Maynard the main settlement was named Seattle, after Sealth, chief of two local tribes. As of 2010, the city had an estimated population of 608,660 and an estimated metropolitan area population of approximately 3.3 million.[1] Seattle is the hub for the Greater Puget Sound region. Its official nickname is the Emerald City, the result of a contest by a civic-minded association in the early 1980s to designate a pleasant nickname for the city;[2] the name alludes to the lush evergreen trees in the surrounding area. It is also referred to informally as the Gateway to Alaska, Queen City, and Jet City, due to the local influence of Boeing. (Seattle-area band Queensrÿche also wrote a song called "Jet City Woman".) Seattle residents are known as Seattleites.

Seattle is often regarded as the birthplace of grunge music, and has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption; coffee companies founded in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Tully's. There are also many successful independent artisanal espresso roasters and cafes. Seattle was the site of the 1999 meeting of the World Trade Organization, and the attendant demonstrations by anti-globalization activists. Researchers at Central Connecticut State University ranked Seattle the most literate city in America in 2005 and 2006.[3] Moreover, the United States Census Bureau indicated that Seattle has the highest percentage of college graduates of any major U.S. city.[4] Based on per capita income, Seattle ranks 36th of 522 studied areas in the state of Washington. Read More...

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Seattle Sounders FC is a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Seattle, Washington that plays its home matches at Qwest Field. It was established in November 2007 as an MLS expansion team.

The league's 15th team; Sounders FC began play in the 2009 season. During that season every home game was sold out, a new MLS record for average match attendance was set, and they sold the most season tickets in the league. The team finished the 2009 season with a winning record and qualified for the MLS playoffs, where they were eliminated in the conference semi-finals. Sounders FC is the second expansion team in MLS history to win the U.S. Open Cup tournament in their first season and they also compete with rival clubs for both the Heritage Cup and the Cascadia Cup.

Along with several organized groups; a 53-member marching band called the Sound Wave supports the team at each home game. Fans also selected the Sounders name for the club through an online poll in 2008, making the Seattle Sounders FC the third Seattle soccer team to share the moniker.

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Robert Moran (January 26, 1857—March 27, 1943) was a prominent Seattle shipbuilder who served as the city's mayor from 1888 to 1890.

Two tall ships at the Moran Bros. Company docks, late 19th century

A native of New York City, Moran was 18 when, in 1875, he arrived penniless in Seattle, a frontier outpost in the Pacific Northwest, which had been settled less than a quarter-century before, in November 1851, and only incorporated between 1865 and 1869. Through hard work he earned enough money to send for his family and, by 1882, he and his brothers started a marine repair business at Yesler's wharf. The Moran Brothers Company prospered during the Klondike Gold Rush when, among other projects, they built a fleet of 12 175-foot paddlewheel riverboats, which were successfully delivered to the Yukon River. Read More...


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... that there is a List of companies based in Seattle , so you can see what Seattle has brought to the map?!

... that during the Great Depression, the New Order of Cincinnatus, accused by its opponents of fascist tendencies, successfully placed three candidates on the Seattle City Council?

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... that during the Great Depression, violence in Seattle's Smith Cove between longshoremen, strikebreakers and police ultimately resulted in the loss of much of the city's maritime traffic to the Port of Los Angeles?

... that Bertha Knight Landes (October 19, 1868 - November 29, 1943), mayor of Seattle, was the first female mayor of a major American city?

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... that Henry A. Smith became the dominant landowner in what is now Interbay, Seattle, Washington by buying when so many others were selling during an 1855–56 Indian War?

... that the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (better known as the 520 bridge by locals), is the longest floating bridge in the world at 7,578 feet (2,310 meters), and carries over 40,000 more cars per day than it was designed for?


... that the Kalakala, a Washington State Ferry from 1935 until 1967 that was notable for her unique streamlined superstructure, art deco styling, and luxurious amenities, was used as a factory seafood processing ship after her retirement?

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The Space Needle and downtown Seattle.


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Among these, Seattle and the Orient is an entire illustrated book about Seattle from 1900.


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  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference populationmetro was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "We're not in Washington Anymore". Seattlest. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  3. ^ Dr. John W. Miller. "America's Most Literate Cities". Central Connecticutt State University. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Most Educated City in the US". MSN Encarta. Retrieved 2007-09-27.