November 2019

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Spruce log structure is oldest in Alaska

Russians left big footprint on Kodiak Island

In 1741, members of Vitus Bering’s second voyage through the Gulf of Alaska set foot on Alaska soil, marking the beginning of Russian sovereignty in the state.  Kodiak Islanders enjoyed a few more years of peace when more explorers came to the region but passed by Kodiak Island. They did not return until 1762, when a Russian fur trader made a brief visit but quickly retreated after the Kodiak people discouraged his presence.