Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka National Historical Park, and Fortress of the Bear
After your tour, you may hop off on the main street to ship or be returned directly to the tender pier.
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There was a different kind of "Russian" long before the gold rush struck Alaska's bounds. They may not have been the first settlers in Sitka, and they definitely wouldn't be the last, but the Russian influence in Sitka comes alive on your tour of the most historic Russian monuments in Alaska.
Alexander Baranov led the Russians to Sitka in 1799, but they were quickly met with opposition from the settlers that got there first. The native Tlinglit people attacked their settlement in 1802, killing almost all of the Russians and sending the rest running scared out of their wits.
But the Russians wouldn't accept such defeat and they struck back with a vengeance during the Battle of Sitka, where traders and Tlinglit warred for days on the grounds of today's Sitka Historic National Park. This time victory would be theirs, and they settled in Sitka and made it the official capital of Russian America.
Russian rule in Alaska would be short-lived, when hard times at home called for the sale of their Sitka lands at a mere 2 cents per acre in 1867, just a few years before prospectors and pioneers discovered gold in Alaska. The Russians may not have struck gold, but they'll always have a little part Sitka.
Paris of the Pacific?
Sitka was pretty grand back in its day: The settlement was once known as the "Paris of the Pacific;" for the first half of the nineteenth century, it was the most important port on the West Coast. Today it remains the largest city-borough in the United States, and a popular cruise ship port.
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