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- DescriptionA native of rthern Russia, Alexander Barav was a middle-aged merchant trader with prior experience in the fur trade when, in 1790, he arrived in North America to assume command over Russias highly profitable sea otter business. With the title of chief manager, he strengthened his leadership role after the formation of the Russian American Company in 1799. An adventuresome, dynamic, and charismatic leader, he proved to be something of a commercial genius in Alaska, making huge profits for company partners and shareholders in Irkutsk and St. Petersburg while receiving scandalously little support from the homeland. Barav receives long overdue attention in Kenneth Owenss Empire Maker, the first scholarly biography of Russian Americas virtual imperial viceroy. His eventful life included shipwrecks, battles with Native forces, clashes with rival traders and Russian Orthodox missionaries, and an enduring marriage to a Kodiak Alutiiq woman with whom he had two children. In the process, the book reveals maritime Alaska and rthern California during the Barav era as fascinating cultural borderlands, where Russian, English, Spanish, and New England Yankee traders and indigeus peoples formed complex commercial, political, and domestic relationships that continue to influence these regions today.
- Author BiographyKenneth N. Owens is professor emeritus of history and ethnic studies, California State University, Sacramento.
- Author(s)Kenneth N. Owens
- PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
- Date of Publication26/05/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleSamuel and Althea Stroum Books
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
- Content Note8 black & white illustrations, 4 maps, 8 illus., 4 maps
- Weight617 g
- Width160 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine23 mm
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