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Sitka, Alaska

Sitka was originally settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago. The Russians were the first whites that settled Sitka in 1799. Sitka was also the site of the ceremony in which the Russian flag was lowered and the United States flag raised after Alaska was purchased by the United States and was the original capitol of Alaska Territory until 1906 when it moved to Juneau. The Cathedral of St. Michael was built in Sitka in 1848 and became the seat of the Russian Orthodox church in Alaska. The original church burnt to the ground in 1966, but was restored to its original appearance. Sitka's importance has always lied in its vast natural resources. Its port is ranked the 6th largest by value of seafood harvest in the United States. It is the largest incorporated city in the United States by area, almost as large as Rhode Island and Delaware combined, but only has population of just under 9,000.

Alaska's Inside Passage Photography  

I had the opportunity to tour Southwest Alaska to photograph the magnificent landscape and wildlife. I cruised on Holland America Line's Oo...

Alaska's Inside Passage Photography  

I had the opportunity to tour Southwest Alaska to photograph the magnificent landscape and wildlife. I cruised on Holland America Line's Oo...

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