The Forging of Communities at Colony Ross (1812-1841) in Northern California

Author(s): Kent Lightfoot

Year: 2015


The purpose of this paper is to examine the multiple communities that materialized at Colony Ross, the mercantile outpost administered by the Russian-American Company in northern California from 1812-1841. Archaeological and archival research suggests that several distinctive pluralistic communities, comprised mostly of colonial men and indigenous people, were established at Colony Ross. The paper will examine the dynamic relations of these communities, including how they formed, how they changed over time, and how people with diverse backgrounds were recruited into the different residential neighborhoods of the colony.

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The Forging of Communities at Colony Ross (1812-1841) in Northern California. Kent Lightfoot. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395506)


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