Nikolai Rezanov's Dream of a Russian America
Monday, December 02, 2013
The Russian Empire once extended deep into America: in 1818 Russia’s furthest outposts were in California and Hawaii. The dreamer behind this great Imperial vision was Nikolai Rezanov – diplomat, adventurer, courtier, millionaire and gambler. In Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America, Owen Matthews gives an account of Rezanov’s quest to plant Russian colonies from Siberia to California led him to San Francisco.