Timofei Tarakanov was a Russian American Company fur trader who was overseer of many of the company’s hunting groups in North America. He was in charge of the sea otter hunting crew that sailed on the Russian ship Il’mena in 1814. Tarakanov stayed with a hunting group on San Clemente Island while Iakov Babin took a smaller group to hunt on San Nicolas Island, where the massacre occurred.
DATE OF BIRTH: 1774
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kursk, Russia
DATE OF DEATH: After 1834
PLACE OF BURIAL: Unknown
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