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Seattle is the Seaport and largest city in the State of Washington.
It is situated between Puget Sound and lake Washington, in approximately 155 km inthe South of the American-Canadian border. It is the administrative center of King county.
As of April 1st,2009, the city had an estimated municipal population of 602,000 locals.The Seattle area has been inhabited for at least 4,000 years, but European settlement began only in the mid-19th century.
The first permanent European settlers Arthur A. Denny andthose subsequently known as the Denny Party arrived November 13th, 1851. Early settlements in the area were called "New York-Alki" and "Duwamps".
In 1853, Doc Maynard suggested that themain settlement be renamed "Seattle", an anglicized rendition of the name of Sealth, the chief of the two local tribes.
Seattle's current official nickname is the "Emerald City",the reference is to the lush evergreen forests of the area. Seattle is also referred to informally as the "Gateway to Alaska", "Rain City", and "Jet City", the last from the localinfluence of Boeing. Seattle residents are known as Seattleites.


Seattle's professional sports history began at the start of the 20th century with the Pacific Coast HockeyAssociation's Seattle Metropolitans, which in 1917 became the first American hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.
Today Seattle has four major professional sports teams: The NationalFootball League's Seattle Seahawks, Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners, Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders FC, and the 2004 Women's National Basketball Association champions,Seattle Storm.
The Seattle Sounders FC began play in Major League Soccer in 2009. In 2001 the Seattle Mariners tied the all-time single regular season wins record with 116 wins.
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