Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States and the seat of King County, Washington. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (Center Left) (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington (Center Right). 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 Seattle area was previously inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers. Arthur A. Denny and his group of travelers, subsequently known as the Denny Party, arrived from Illinois via Portland, Oregon, on the schooner Exact at Alki Point on November 13, 1851. The settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named "Seattle" in 1852, after Chief Si'ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.
Logging was Seattle's first major industry, but by the late-19th century, the city had become a commercial and shipbuilding center as a gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. By 1910, Seattle was one of the 25 largest cities in the country.
However, the Great Depression severely damaged the city's economy. Growth returned during and after World War II partially due to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing. The Seattle area developed as a technology center beginning in the 1980s, with companies like Microsoft and later Amazon in the 90's.
The Space Needle is an observation tower and an icon of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World's Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators.
Seattle is also the birthplace of rock musician Jimi Hendrix. The alternative rock grunge subgenre was established in Seattle. Kurt Cobain released Nirvana's first album Bleach in 1989.
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