During President George Washington's first administration, Great Britain and Spain tried to go to war for empire in our Pacific Northwest, but failed. Great Britain and the United States sharpened their sabers for dominion here 60 years later, and again, failed to ignite a memorable war.
The protracted post-treaty wars between native peoples and settlers in eastern Washington failed to spread successfully to the Puget Sound country. Perhaps newcomers to our region can be forgiven for thinking we have no history here, if history is just a series of dramatic violent clashes. But the mid-19th century saw the convergence of 3 distinct native cultures and 2 western cultures - all transforming human experience on the Salish Sea.
Penn Cove - "Native Manhattan" - was the most densely populated and perhaps the most strategically located Salish community in the region, and yet Coupeville today is a sleepy village that time forgot. How did that happen? The untold stories of this transition - this "Change of Worlds - are dramatic, complex, often disturbing - and little known. This program will help dispel the fog surrounding Whidbey's founding era, revealing a fascinating and cinematic story we can call our own.