New Russia Site National Historic Landmark

Quick Facts

Location:
Yakutat, Alaska
Significance:
Established in 1796 as a link between the fur trading center of Kodiak to the north.
Designation:
National Historic Landmark designated on June 2, 1978
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
No

Established in 1796 as a link between the fur trading center of Kodiak to the north and the rapidly southward-moving sea otter population pursued by the Russians, New Russia was the cause of great friction between the Yakutat Tlingit and the Russians. In 1805, the Tlingit attacked and destroyed the trading post. Aside from intermittent visits, Russians and other foreigners were kept away from Yakutat Bay by the Tlingit until the late nineteenth century.

The site of New Russia represents a pivotal incident in the Russian-Tlingit relations that effectively postponed European intrusion into the region for nearly a century. Located on the wet swampy banks of Ankau Creek, the New Russia Site once consisted of seven buildings within a stockade and five without. The site today has no surface remains, but archaeologists believe evidence of the former trading center is buried in the soil and may give insight to this interesting period of Alaska’s history.


Additional Information

National Register of Historic Places - Official nomination form

Russian America Theme: A National Historic Landmark Study

More National Historic Landmarks in Alaska