Iakov Babin

A fur hunter who worked for the Russian American Company (RAC) in North America, Iakov Babin was the Russian overseer of an Alaska Native hunting crew on San Nicolas Island in 1814. Babin’s group massacred a large number of Nicoleños after one sea otter hunter was killed. Babin was held responsible for the actions of his Alaska Native hunting crew by three RAC chief managers. Following his return to New Archangel (Sitka) he married a baptized California Indian woman.

PLACE OF BIRTH: Tobol’sk, Russia
DATE OF DEATH: About 1840
PLACE OF BURIAL: Kodiak Island, Russian Alaska

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Last updated: February 7, 2017