Way Back in Kodiak – From Cronstad to Kodiak

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The first round-the-world voyage of the Russians brought Captain Lisianskii and Count Rezanov to Kodiak in 1804 and 1805. On board one of the vessels was an iron bust of Tsar Alexander I, the only object that still remains in Kodiak from this historic journey. But was it the Neva or the Nadezhda that carried this object? This episode departs from Cronstad near Saint Petersburg and follows the explorers around the world, to Hawaii, Japan, and finally Kodiak, trying to track the bust along the way. It examines the circumnavigation through historic accounts and interviews with Russian and American scholars.

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