Port of Los Angeles
An Illustrated History From 1850 to 1945
By Ernest Marquez and Veronique de Turenne
Foreword by Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.
The Port of Los Angeles has served Southern California for a century, by bringing ships and their cargo to the area, aiding the military through several major wars, and establishing Los Angeles as a major presence on the international maritime scene. Because of its Port, Los Angeles is the key that has opened North America to the Pacific Rim and brought the world closer together.
In 2007, the Port observed the Centennial of the formation of the Board of Harbor Commissioners, and the official founding of the Port of Los Angeles. To celebrate and commemorate that event, Los Angeles authors Ernest Marquez and Veronique de Turenne collaborated to create Port of Los Angeles: An Illustrated History 1850 to 1945, a book devoted to the earliest years of this remarkable maritime center. With in-depth research and more than 275 images, the authors explore the history not just of the Port, but also of the development of Los Angeles from pueblo to major metropolis.
At the end of the nineteenth century, San Pedro and its harbor were at the center of a dramatic
fight. The Free Harbor battle pitted merciless businessmen like Collis P. Huntington, who actively sought a stranglehold on Southern California commerce, against everyday citizens who envisioned a free harbor and fair trade. When the fierce battle ended, the City of Los Angeles had its Port, and another chapter in the history of American maritime enterprise began.
Port of Los Angeles details every aspect of the harbor’s development, from its discovery by Spanish explorers, to its role as a major commercial and military complex. Marquez and de Turenne fill Port of Los Angeleswith vintage images that show a Port succeeding beyond the wildest dreams of its founders. It’s a maritime history must-have!
No one who loves a compelling tale will be able to pass up Port of Los Angeles. History buffs will enjoy an informative textillustrated with vintage images—many of which are previously unpublished. With a Foreword by the Port's Executive Director, Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D, Port of Los Angeles captures an era and shows how a harbor can shape the future of a city, a country and the world.
About the Authors:
Santa Monica native Ernest Marquez is a celebrated author, historian and popular lecturer whose specialty is the history of Santa Monica. He is a direct descendant of the grantees of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica, a Mexican land grant awarded in 1839. Marquez’ most recent award-winning book is Santa Monica Beach: A Collector’s Pictorial History.
Veronique de Turenne is a Los Angeles-based journalist, essayist and playwright. Her literary criticism appears on National Public Radio and in major American newspapers.
Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. was named as the first female Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles in 2006. Dr. Knatz has earned numerous accolades, including recognition as one of Southern California ’s 100 Most Influential People by the Los Angeles Times and 2007 Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Port of Los Angeles: An Illustrated History From 1850 to 1945 /$40.00
ISBN-13: 978-1-883318-78-9 / ISBN-10: 1-883318-78-5 / / 275 vintage images
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