Black on Red: My 44 Years Inside the Soviet Union by Robert Robinson

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An Autobiography Robert Robinson

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Black on Red: My 44 Years Inside the Soviet Union

An Autobiography Robert Robinson

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TsGADA, f. 199, port. 528, pt. 7, d. 481, fol. 335; Archibald Campbell, A Voyage Round the World from 1806 to 1812 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1967), p. 25; Perry McDonough Collins, Siberian Journey: Down the Amur to the Pacific, 1856-1857, ed. Charles Vevier (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1962), p. 341; Richard J. Bush, Reindeer, Dogs, and Snow-Shoes . (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1871), p. , John Ledyard's Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 1963), p.

The catch of sea otters from 1743 through 1798 amounted to 186,754 pelts, or almost ten pelts per day. From 1741 through 1797 at least forty-two different companies acquired ten million rubles worth of furs. These enterprises often realized profits of 100' to 20'0' percent and sometimes 50'0' to 70'0' percent. 55 Even in Kamchatka fur traders commonly made profits of 20'0' to 30'0' percent before 1740'. At the time of the Second Kamchatka Expedition, profits were such that within six or seven years petty traders from Russia became rich merchants in Kamchatka worth 15,000' and more 18 PERSPECTIVE AND CONTEXT rubles.

The southern half of the seaboard is regular; the northern half is well indented with headlands, peninsulas, bays, and islands that make movement along it difficult. Along the entire seaboard there are few good harbors; Magadan's fine harbor on Nagayev Bay was not developed until the Soviet period. Kamchatka, too, has little lowland. The peninsula is dominated by two parallel mountain ranges averaging 3,500 feet in elevation: the Western or Central Range running unbroken up and down the middle of the entire peninsula and the Eastern Range intermittently abutting the eastern coast.

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