Russian-American Fur Company

Russian-American Fur Company
   Chartered in 1799, with a monopoly of the fur trade of Russian America. It absorbed the various smaller independent companies, and for a time was a powerful rival of the Hudson's Bay Company. Its operations were directed by Baranof, as governor of Russian America, and the headquarters of the company were established at New Archangel (modern Sitka), in 1800.
   Index: D Claim north-west coast of America, 45; dissolved, 1861, 45.
   Bib.: Dall, Alaska; Bancroft, History of Alaska; Laut, Vikings of the Pacific.

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