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Russian America was the name of Russian colonial territories in the Americas from 1733-1867. The territories included what is now the state of Alaska. The Alaskan land was sold to the United States by the Russians in 1867.
Because of this history, there is still a strong Russian influence in Alaska, particularly in the city of Sitka. Called New Archangel by the Russians, Sitka was the capital of Russian America.
Reminders of the Russian colonization of Alaska include the Russian Bishop's House, which is one of the sole remaining examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America, The New Archangel Dancers, who promote interest in Alaska's Russian history, and St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, which is a National Historic Landmark. The original cathedral, shown above, burned in 1966 but was subsequently rebuilt in the same Russian architectural style.
I've always thought Russian architecture was really interesting, so I think I'd love visiting Sitka.
My A-Z theme of Alaska is inspired by my debut novel, Polar Night, which is set in Fairbanks and the Alaskan Arctic. Click here for all the info on the book.