A Kodiak Island native, Peter Chukagnak worked for the Russian American Company hunting sea otters on the California coast. He was taken to San Nicolas Island with a hunting group in 1815. The hunters paddled in kayaks from the island to San Pedro where they were captured by Spanish soldiers. According to an eyewitness account, a priest had Chukagnak killed because he refused to convert to Catholicism.
DATE OF BIRTH: Unknown
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kaguyak, Kodiak Island, Russian Alaska
DATE OF DEATH: 1815
PLACE OF BURIAL: Los Angeles, Alta California, New Spain
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