Category Archives: Fishing and Whaling

American Shad Fishing on the Hudson River

By Marie Schmidt The American Shad, with its delicate flavor and history of abundance, has played a long and crucial role on the Hudson valley’s economy. As a natural resource with much potential, the fish have been caught shad as … Continue reading

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River of Life: Shad Fishing on the Hudson River

By Mai Nguyen Fishing is perhaps the most intimate relationship humans have with the Hudson River. The river has been a source of food and livelihoods for the local population and the East Coast’s most important source of shad fish … Continue reading

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Poughkeepsie Whaling Industry, 1830s – 1840s: The Quick Rise and Fall of an Industry

By Kweku Attafuah-Wadee During the early to mid-nineteenth century, the town of Poughkeepsie experienced a phase of vibrant economic activity which profoundly influenced its social, economic and political atmosphere. The Northeast region of the United States had had, since early … Continue reading

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