Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America

Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America

Owen Matthews


The Russian Empire as soon as prolonged deep into the USA: in 1818 Russia’s furthest outposts have been in California and Hawaii. The dreamer in the back of this nice Imperial imaginative and prescient used to be Nikolai Rezanov--diplomat, adventurer, courtier, millionaire and gambler. His quest to plant Russian colonies from Siberia to California led him to San Francisco, the place he was once captivated through Conchita, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the Spanish Governor, who embodied his goals of either love and empire. From the glittering court docket of Catherine the nice to the wilds of the recent global, Matthews conjures a brilliantly unique portrait of 1 of Russia’s so much eccentric Empire-builders.

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