Baranof Alexander Andrevitch 1747-1819 Governor Of Russian





America. Had been manager of a glass factory at Irkutsk, Siberia; grew

tired of the monotonous though profitable business, and engaged in the

fur trade of eastern Siberia. Appointed governor of the principal

Russian trading company in America, 1790. Nine years later, the

different companies were united, and Baranof moved his headquarters from

Kadiak to New Archangel (Sitka), where he built a strong fort, with a

shipyard, foundry, churches, and hospitals. Even a library and

picture-gallery were afterwards added to this little outpost of Russian

civilization. In 1818 sailed for home, and died at sea on the voyage.





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