Exploring Seattle, Washington
Acclaimed Northern-Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance travelled around the US on the trail of music, history and culture. When he washed up in Seattle, Washington, he discovered a city with a distinctly independent spirit.
For Foy it’s Seattle’s location that makes it so unique: “There’s no city like it in all the States. Seattle, Washington is literally at the very edges of America, way up in the north-west corner of the country. There’s something amazing that comes from a city being off on its own, it’s something you can feel when you’re there.”
Seattle has been inhabited for at least 4,000 years and the larger Puget Sound region for some 12,000 years. It was in 1851 that European settlers first arrived, choosing to lay out their town near a Duwamish Indian village. The new town was later named Seattle to honour the leader of local American Indian tribes, Sealth, who had shown considerable hospitality to the settlers.
“Today Seattle is nicknamed the Emerald City,” Foy explains, a title that comes from the city’s stunning scenery: green all year round with its views on the snowcapped Mount Rainier. “When you visit you’ll feel like you’re discovering a hidden gem.”
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