In September 1899, the first transport ship between Seattle and the Philippines, the Marion Chilcott, departs. Trade has opened with the following the Spanish American War and the subsequent Philippine-American war. The vessel is laden with lumber and hay to support the ongoing U.S. military presence in the islands.
Richard C. Berner, Seattle 1900-1920: From Boomtown, Urban Turbulence, to Restoration (Seattle, Charles Press, 1991), 22.
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