Empires of the Turning Tide by Doug Deur




From the wave-pounded rocky headlands of Ecola Point to the still, shallow waters of Willapa Bay, from the wild and roiling mouth of the Columbia River to the high timbered peaks of the Coast Range – the Columbia-Pacific region is a place of rare environmental diversity and potential. Here, a succession of peoples – Native American communities, fur traders, Scandinavian immigrants, and modern urban tourists to name but a few – have understood and used the natural landscape in wildly different ways, each leaving very different imprints upon the land. Many cornerstone moments in the history played out on lands that are now set aside as part of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks. Empires of the Turning Tide illuminates the history of the many people who together have called this region home, and their relationships with the park landscapes, waters, and natural resources that continue to set the Columbia-Pacific region apart.