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The name "Seattle" appears on official Washington Territory papers dated May 23, 1853, when the first plats for the village were filed.In 1855, nominal land settlements were established.
Along with Seattle, other cities like Everett, Tacoma, Port Townsend, Bremerton, and Olympia, all in the Puget Sound region, became competitors for exchange, rather than mother lodes for extraction, of precious metals.Between Pantages and his rival John Considine, Seattle was for a while the western United States' vaudeville mecca. Marcus Priteca, the Scottish-born and Seattle-based architect, built several theaters for Pantages, including some in Seattle.The theaters he built for Pantages in Seattle have been either demolished or converted to other uses, but many other theaters survive in other cities of the U.The Seattle area developed as a technology center beginning in the 1980s, with companies like Microsoft becoming established in the region.In 1994, Internet retailer Amazon was founded in Seattle.The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border.
A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2016 The settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named "Seattle" in 1852, after Chief Si-Ahl, or Chief Sealth, or Chief Se-Atle (pronounced "See-Atle",with a guttural "Atle" sound) of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.
Seattle is also the birthplace of rock musician Jimi Hendrix and the alternative rock subgenre grunge naming this new settlement Duwamps.
Charles Terry and John Low remained at the original landing location and reestablished their old land claim and called it "New York", but renamed "New York Alki" in April 1853, from a Chinook word meaning, roughly, "by and by" or "someday".
A shipbuilding boom in the early part of the 20th century became massive during World War I, making Seattle somewhat of a company town; the subsequent retrenchment led to the Seattle General Strike of 1919, the first general strike in the country.
A 1912 city development plan by Virgil Bogue went largely unused.
Seattle was mildly prosperous in the 1920s but was particularly hard hit in the Great Depression, experiencing some of the country's harshest labor strife in that era.