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Boris Tarasov, employee of the Russian-American Company, was arrested in San Pedro, California in 1815. As a prisoner of some political value, in 1816 he was sent from Monterey to San Blas and then Tepic. He requested to stay in Mexico or else be sent to Europe (I bet he was from Siberia, though). In 1820 the Commandant of San Blas reported that Tarasov had fled to Panama.

The documents translated by Michael Mathes in The Russian-Mexican Frontier, which contain most of the above, and the other sources I have consulted reveal nothing more about Tarasov's journey. Did he make it back to Russia?

  • As you are researching sources on the topic, it would be good to provide the links to sources you have already researched where possible. I found the following one: fortross.org/lib/94/voyage-of-the-ilmen.pdf among others. However, it does not state anything on his further fate. I doubt you can find direct references on that, those people like Boris did not leave many traces after them. Is there any information on his origin (birth date/place/etc.) ? You could try finding his relatives/heirs and contact them. But that goes beyond traditional historical research afaik. – vissi May 16 at 10:13

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