Chief manager of the Russian American Company in Russian Alaska (1790–1818), Alexander Baranov arranged Russian-led hunting activities on the North American coast. Baranov was in charge when Alaska Native sea otter hunters were on San Nicolas Island in 1814 and a massacre occurred. He wrote to Fort Ross manager Ivan Kuskov criticizing Iakov Babin, overseer of the hunters who killed the Nicoleños.
DATE OF BIRTH: 1746
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kargopol, Russia
DATE OF DEATH: April 16, 1819
PLACE OF BURIAL: Sunda Strait (burial at sea)
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