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Seattle was mildly prosperous in the 1920s but was particularly hard hit in the Great Depression, experiencing some of the country's harshest labor strife in that era.Violence during the Maritime Strike of 1934 cost Seattle much of its maritime traffic, which was rerouted to the Port of Los Angeles.Internet retailer Amazon was founded in Seattle in 1994, and major airline Alaska Airlines is based in Sea Tac, Washington, serving Seattle's international airport, Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.The stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic revival, which increased the city's population by almost 50,000 between 19.However, Seattle faced massive unemployment, loss of lumber and construction industries as Los Angeles prevailed as the bigger West Coast city.
A shipbuilding boom in the early part of the 20th century became massive during World War I, making Seattle somewhat of a company town.
The subsequent retrenchment led to the Seattle General Strike of 1919, the first general strike in the country.
A 1912 city development plan by Virgil Bogue went largely unused.
The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border.
A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015 The settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named "Seattle" in 1852, in honor of Chief Si'ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.