In mark kurlanskys wonderful book the big oyster history on the half shell we learn about the bivalve bounty that once existed off the shores of manhattan kurlansnky writes by 1880 new york was the undisputed capital of historys greatest oyster boom in its golden age which lasted until at least 1910. The big oyster history on the half shell is a book by mark kurlanskyit follows the history of new york city and the renowned oyster beds in the hudson river estuary errors george washington never had children but the book states philip the son of washington was put in charge of redistributing loyalist held properties in new york city after the revolutionary war pp 92. The title of the big oyster history on the half shell is a nod to the big apple and could very well be considered a solid stand alone history of new york itself mark kurlanskys book titles do not get the readers blood pumping salt nonviolence cod youd half expect to fall asleep before finishing the intro. Oysters and the city were once almost synonymous the huge oyster beds on the hudson contained half of the worlds supplies the big oyster is part diverting history and part cautionary tale the exhaustion of new yorks oyster beds was a needless environmental crime exquisite savor. Before new york city was the big apple it could have been called the big oyster now award winning author mark kurlansky tells the remarkable story of new york by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants the oyster whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled
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