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In 1781, he and Golikov petitioned in St. Petersburg for government permissions needed to launch a new type of enterprise-the building of permanent, self-sustaining colonial settlements in Alaska that would substantiate Russian claims to American territory, assert government "protection" over indigenous peoples, rationalize the harvest offurs, and provide bases for further exploration (Shelikhov 1988a). While the actual conception of this colonization strategy has been credited to another Siberian merchant (Petr Kutyshkin) by Pierce (Shelikhov 1981:7), Shelikhov and Golikov were the first to put it into action.
In Hawaii, P. Mills (1997) has carried out excavations at Fort Elizabeth, built and occupied briefly by the RAC in 1816-17. , Beaudry 1982; Brumbach and J arvenpa 1989; Clark 1995; Ewen 1986; Forsman 1983; Karklins 1983; Pyszczyk 1989; Stone 1974; Walthall 1991), and at postcontact Native American sites (Fitzhugh 1985; Kaplan 1985; Mainfort 1979; Turnbaugh 1993). In the western Great Lakes region, for example, excavations at Fort Michilimackinac (1715-1781) documented differences in trade strategies between French and British occupations (Stone 1974).
Her note 32). Russian acculturation in this context raises interesting questions of interpretation. Documentary evidence presented in later chapters suggests that Russian use of indigenous types of architecture, clothing, and 20 Chapter 1 food was extensive, but occurred predominantly among the lower ranks. , earthen walls, open hearths), to wear various items of skin clothing, and to subsist on a diet made up largely offish, berries, and sea mammal meat. Vancouver observed of Russian fur traders in Cook Inlet in 1794 that they "appeared to be perfectly content to live after the manner of the Native Indians ofthe country; partaking with equal relish and appetite their gross and nauseous food, adopting the same fashion, and using the same materials for their apparel" (Vancouver 1801:207).