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Read the West Book Club: Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name

When the British, Spanish and then Americans arrived in the Pacific Northwest, it may have appeared to them as an untamed wilderness. In fact, it was a fully settled and populated land. Chief Seattle was a powerful representative from this very ancient world who had gained power and prominence on Puget Sound as a war leader. The arrival of American settlers caused him to reconsider his actions: He came to embrace white settlement and, following traditional native practice, encouraged intermarriage...

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