Two Famous Shipwrecks of Russian America: Surviving the Isolation of Remoteness
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Two Famous Shipwrecks of Russian America: Surviving the Isolation of Remoteness
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S207987840001484-1-1
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10.18254/S0001484-1-1
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This paper considers documentary and archaeological data pertaining to the shipwreck of Captain-Commander Vitus Bering and the SV. PETR on Commander Island in 1741, along with documentary and oral history data relating to the shipwreck of the NEVA on the Alaska coast in 1813. It should be noted that NEVA-related archaeological information is not included: excavated collections recovered at the survivors camp during the Summer of 2015, via a grant from the National Science Foundation, are in the process of being analyzed and cannot be wholly assessed until additional field data is considered from the planned second and final excavation phase in 2016. With this in mind, the research here is a preliminary, but not final, attempt to compare known details of how those who lived through each disaster survived their follow-on traumas of a sudden and forced presence in a geographically and culturally-isolated area from metropolitan Russia. A key focus will be placed on delimiting lessons learned from both experiences. It is hoped that any such findings will inform the author's larger goal of determining how elements of 18th and 19th Century traditional Russian cultural behavior did or did not survive the isolation of remoteness in far-away Russian America. Research along these lines may add significantly to our knowledge of the colonies, and provide important considerations to the planners of future settlements in isolated areas.
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Shipwreck, Vitus Bering, “Sv. Petr”, “Neva”, Russian America, isolated areas, traditional cultural behavior, Russians, 18th — 19th centuries
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09.06.2016
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14.09.2016
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