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Great Russian Navigator

A. I. Chirikov

Aleksei Chirikov, Vitus Bering’s second in command, contributed greatly to the organization, preparation, and successes of Bering’s first two North Pacific expeditions. In fact, he reached Alaska a day and a half ahead of Bering.

Chirikov was not only a competent naval officer but also an important contributor to the cartography of eighteenth-century Russia. Despite his achievements, few Russian scholars have given attention to Chirikov and his role in the second Bering expedition.

Thus it was not until 1953 when Vasilii A. Divin wrote Velikii russkii moreplavatel’ A. I. Chirikov that a full-length study of his career was published. It is that volume which appears here. A preface, annotations, supplementary bibliography, and comprehensive index are included.

319 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1993

History: Military History

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface

I.    Introduction
II.   Chirikov’s Participation in the First Siberian-Pacific Ocean Expedition
III.  Chirikov’s Role in the Organization and Preparation of the Second Siberian-Pacific Ocean Expedition
IV. Chirikov - Leader of the Journey of the Expedition from St. Petersburg to Okhotsk
V.  Chirikov’s and Bering’s Discovery of Northwestern America and the Aleutian Islands
VI. Chirikov’s Second Voyage
VII.Consolidation by Chirikov of the Materials of the Siberian-Pacific Ocean Expeditions and His Proposals for the Assimilation and Strengthening of the Security of the Far East
VIII. Epilogue

        Document 1: From the Personal File of A. I. Chirikov
        Document 2: Report by Chirikov to the State Admirality College

Supplementary Bibliography

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