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Sitka Channel

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1997

This is the view of the channel at Sitka, Alaska during the morning in June 1997. Mt. Edgecumbe is visable through the cloud cover across the channel. Sitka is the main city of any size on Baranof Island. Originally inhabited by the Tlingit Indians, Russians established a furtrading post and fort in Sitka in 1799. The official transfer of Alaska to the United States occurred on October 18, 1867, in ceremonies at the Russian capital of Sitka. I saw harbor porpoise, salmon, halibut, orca, harbor seals, and sea otters all in the channel.


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