"Advanced in Age, Decrepit and Unfit": Colonial Citizens and the Formation of a Permanent Russian Population in Alaska

Grinev, Andrei V.; Bland, Richard
October 2009
Alaska History;Fall2009, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p30
Academic Journal
The article discusses colonial citizens and the formation of a permanent Russian population in Alaska. The article explains why a Russian America never came to be, despite an official Russian document from the 18th century referring to Alaska as "Rossiiskaya Amerika." The author talks about Russian fur expeditions which started in 1743 from Kamchatka and Okhotsk in Russia. The author explains how the lack of Russian settlement and a large contingent of colonists weakened the Russian position. Subjects of the article also include Russian merchant Grigorii I, the destruction of the Russian settlement of Slavorossiya in 1805, and Russian-American Company.


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