Russian Colonization: The Implications of Mercantile Colonial Practices in the North Pacific

  title={Russian Colonization: The Implications of Mercantile Colonial Practices in the North Pacific},
  author={Kent G. Lightfoot},
  journal={Historical Archaeology},
  • K. Lightfoot
  • Published 1 December 2003
  • History
  • Historical Archaeology
The maritime fur trade propelled Russian expansion into the North Pacific in the 18th and 19th centuries. The mercantile legacy of Russian colonization is evident in the rapid founding of settlements across an immense region, the corporate hierarchy of the colonial administration, and the policies and practices for the treatment of indigenous peoples. Russian fur merchants transported to North America colonial practices that originated in Siberia. In contrast to American and British merchants… 
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