Boris Tarasov

A Russian American Company fur trader, Boris Tarasov was in charge of the hunting group taken to San Nicolas Island on the ship Forester in 1815. He and his crew hunted sea otters on San Nicolas, Santa Rosa and Catalina Islands before paddling to San Pedro. The group was captured by the Spanish and sent to Santa Barbara and Monterey. Tarasov was then sent to Mexico, but he escaped in 1819.

DATE OF BIRTH: Unknown
PLACE OF BIRTH: Russia
DATE OF DEATH: Unknown
PLACE OF BURIAL: Unknown


Bibliography
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Istomin, Alexei A., James R. Gibson, and Valery A. Tishkov. Russia in California: Russian Documents on Fort Ross and Russian-Californian Relations in 1803–1850. Moscow: Nauka, 2005: 318–19.

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Last updated: February 7, 2017