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Washington Territory

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Established in 1853, Washington remained a Territory for 36 years, until admitted into the Union in 1889. Because of a dividing geographical barrier (the Cascade Range) and the lack of adequate internal transportation and communication systems, Washington Territory made no practical sense as a political and economic entitiy. Essentially, Washington was not “eligible” for statehood until very late in its Territorial period when railways unified the region.

Though modern scholars have produced worthy biographies and specialized studies for this intriguing period, until now only one previous attempt at a comprehensive history has appeared – H.H. Bancroft’s imperfect all-in-one volume, History of Washington, Idaho and Montana (1890). Robert Ficken’s Washington Territory will long serve as the definitive economic and political history of territorial Washington.

Washington Territory

$12.50

Washington Territory Image

Established in 1853, Washington remained a Territory for 36 years, until admitted into the Union in 1889. Because of a dividing geographical barrier (the Cascade Range) and the lack of adequate internal transportation and communication systems, Washington Territory made no practical sense as a political and economic entitiy. Essentially, Washington was not “eligible” for statehood until very late in its Territorial period when railways unified the region.

Though modern scholars have produced worthy biographies and specialized studies for this intriguing period, until now only one previous attempt at a comprehensive history has appeared – H.H. Bancroft’s imperfect all-in-one volume, History of Washington, Idaho and Montana (1890). Robert Ficken’s Washington Territory will long serve as the definitive economic and political history of territorial Washington.