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In the spring of 1812, Ivan Kuskov, a peg-legged officer of the Russian American Fur Company, was the first white man to walk this coast.
With a group of 120 Russians and Aleut Indians, he was looking to establish a trading station and base to hunt sea lions and otters.
Although Spain claimed this territory, none of its subjects had ever visited; so Kuskov did not seek any permission for his endeavor.
He gave the nearby Indians three horses, three pairs of breeches, three blankets, two axes and a handful of beads in exchange for the 1000 acres to establish Fort Ross.
In contrast to the Pomos, Kuskov
men struggled to obtain a livelihood by tilling the soil, planting orchards, raising livestock, logging redwoods, and harvesting sea otters.
Russian Muskets and Fort Ross, California
As permission was sought from Russia an exploratory vessel under Ivan Kuskov located a good site for a settlement north of Rumiantsev Bay in the autumn of 1808 and returned for a hunting season near there in spring 1811.
By March 1812 with approval granted he had returned in the ship Chirikoff with 25 Russians and 80 Alaskans to found the colony.
Initially as a 'frontier' post armed security was a sensible precaution, but after a few years without a threat even the militia ceased to stand sentry on a regular basis. (Fig.8) Within the enclosure commandant Ivan Kuskov's
imposing two-storey house was the most substantial building, but the barracks for workers (although many Russians lived outside) the clerk's accommodation and the storehouses would initially have been perceived as last resort 'blockhouses'.
Their military function was soon forgotten.
An Evening with Kashaya and Russian Cultures at the Gualala Arts Center, June, 2012
It is alsothe birthplace of Ivan Kuskov, founder of Fort Ross.Symbolically, this trip "completes a circle."
Alexander Baranov, manager of the ...
Alexander Baranov, manager of the Russian-American Company, directed Ivan Kuskov, his chief deputy, to select a site north of Spanish claims at San Francisco Bay.
established a base at Bodega Bay on the Sonoma Coast sixty miles north of San Francisco which he
named Port Rumiantsev.
From there Kuskov
explored the surrounding territory, and in 1811 he
selected a location for the California settlement on a bluff above a sheltered cove eighteen miles north of Bodega Bay.
The site offered soil suitable for farming, as well as access to timber, water, and pasturage.
It lacked the deep-water anchorage of Bodega's outer bay, but its relative inaccessibility from Spanish-occupied territory gave it an advantage in terms of defense.
In March of 1812 Kuskov
arrived at the site of Fort Ross
with twenty-five Russians and eighty Native Alaskans, and immediately began building housing and a wooden stockade.
It was on this trip that Kuskov
, Hagemeister, Kislakovskii and others conducted the treaty with the Kashaya who leased the land of Fort Ross
to the Russian-American Company
It served as headquarters for Ivan Kuskov, the first administrator of Fort Ross.
Kashaya / Fort Ross Russia Delegation Trip at the Gualala Arts Center, January, 2013
They left on September 6 returning September 21, 2012, for a trip that included visits to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Tot'ma, home town of Ivan Kuskov, the founder of Fort Ross.
They were hosted by the City of Tot'ma, the Museum of Sea Farers, Museum of Ivan Kuskov, and made an emotional visit to the tomb of Ivan Kuskov, founder of Fort Ross.