The First Scientific Exploration of Russian America and the Purchase of Alaska

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Focuses on role of explorer Robert Kennicott and Henry M. Bannister, assistant at the Smithsonian, in advising Senator Charles Sumner on the purchase of Russian America (Alaska). Includes excerpts from field journals and correspondence.


  • Bannister, Henry M
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Kennicott, Robert
  • Sumner, Charles 1811-1874
  • United States Congress


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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Colonies
  • SI, Early History


  • Alaska
  • North America
  • Russia

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