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Russian Colonization of Alaska

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Lindsey Paulsen

on 28 November 2012

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Transcript of Russian Colonization of Alaska

The Process of
Russian Colonization in Alaska: 1725: Works Cited: Vitus Bering Was sent to sail east from the Kamchatka Peninsula to find a land connection between North America and Asia.
The tsar wanted this done due to interests in colonial expansion into North America.
The expedition failed due to bad weather conditions. Russia had it's first contact with Alaska when Mikhail Gvozdev lead an expedition from Kamchatka through the Bering Strait. 1732: Vitus Bering and Aleksi Chirikov sail to North America from Kamchatka in two separate ships. In 1741, "Russia's Colony." Alaska History and Cultural Studies. 2004. November
21, 2012.<http://www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=315> Portrait of Vitus Bering In 1784, The first Russian settlement In Alaska was established in Kodiak. After the Alaska's discovery, Russia began making voyages to Alaska after they gained interest in the valuable natural resources. They mainly collected otter, seal, and fox furs for trade. 1799: Russia's government began sponsoring the Russian American Company.

Aleksandr Baranov became the first Russian Governor and Chief Manager of the Russian American Company. 1802: Baranov's expanded into Southeast Alaska. 1818: The Russian American Company's first charter ended. 1867: "Bering's Discovery and Alaska's Russian Period." Alaska Trails to the Past. 2012.
November 21,2012. <http://alaskaweb.org/history/hist3.html> "The Russian Colonization of Alaska." Frontiers. November 23, 2012.
<http://frontiers.loc.gov:8081/intldl/mtfhtml2/mfak/mfakrcol.html> He found the Diomede Islands and King Island. Bering sighted the St. Elias mountains. Landed at multiple places in the Aleutian chain. Georg Steller assisted him in collecting and analyzing information on what they saw. This expedition is considered the official discovery of Alaska by Russia. This was because voyages to the region took too long and were too expensive. Led by Gregorii Shelikhov, the trade-group was sent into areas like Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet, establishing more posts and trading with Alaska Natives. Fur Warehouse in Sitka Tlingit Indians attacked the Russian post in Sitka, killing many Russians and Aleuts. Baranov only considered this a small delay. He was later able to reexpand back into the southeast with the aid of a heavily-armed Russian naval ship. The colony was run by the Russian Navy instead of Baranov. The position now belonged to multiple Russian naval officers, each for terms of 5 years. American Secretary of State, William H. Seward, and Russian envoy, Eduard Stoeckl, signed the treaty selling Alaska to the United States. The Russian exchange copy of the Treaty of Cession
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