Good question, dejavu. I tried to find the origin of the term "eastern seaboard" (or, as it's sometimes called, the "Atlantic seaboard")with no luck. My husband The Maven grew up on the east coast, and he suspects that the rather more rugged west coast simply doesn't lend itself to the term "seaboard."
Jul 25 2005, 8:15 AM
As for relating to the Atlantic, Arpeggionist, I have to differ, because I've spent much of my life to date on the eastern seaboard. The proximity of the ocean is part and parcel of the lives of east coasters and always has been. If you grew up in New Jersey or the eastern portions of Pennsylvania around Philadelphia, you probably spent portions of your childhood summers "down the shore." Major east coast cities are on or very near the Atlantic and were founded in their locations partly for that reason. Think of what Atlantic cod did for the New England economy!