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As DevSolar mentioned in his comment, this really depends on how you define 'major', but here are several case of migrants moving from the New to the Old World. From the Caribbean to Europe According the (British) National Archives, between 1948 and 1970, nearly half a million people left their homes in the West Indies to live in Britain There were ...


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Yes, there has been. As this infographic shows, there has been a back-migration of the DNA haplogroups C1a and A2a from North America (well, Beringia...) back into Asia. The infographic is sourced as Tamm E, Kivisild T, Reidla M, Metspalu M, Smith DG, et al. (2007) Beringian Standstill and Spread of Native American Founders. PLoS ONE 2(9): e829. doi:10....


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There were two major, interrelated events that caused this population boom in the 1970s. The first was the discovery of oil on Alaska's North Slope at Prudhoe Bay and elsewhere in 1968 and 1969. The second was the raising of oil prices by OPEC in 1973 and 1979. Both sets of developments resulted in the rapid growth of oil production in Alaska, and its ...


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The Wikipedia article on the Alaska Purchase discusses the population of Alaska before the purchase: Seward told the nation that the Russians estimated that Alaska contained about 2,500 Russians and those of mixed race (that is, a Russian father and native mother), and 8,000 indigenous people, in all about 10,000 people under the direct government ...


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University of Alaska, Anchorage published a study into People and Economy of Alaska, which can be viewed here. From that source, I'd say there are following reasons for their population boom: Discovery of Oil As Tom has already mentioned, Oil was discovered in 1968 in Prudhoe Bay oilfields. Alaska collected $55 billion in oil revenues through 2001, with the ...


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In addition to Lars Bosteen's answer about modern migration, several hundred thousand South American people have migrated to Spain in the last decades, and Brazilians have became the largest group of foreigners in Portugal. Other European countries with fewer ties and common background with America seem to host smaller populations. Furthermore, if the "...


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Although the Spanish had claimed all the coast from Mexico to the Bering Straits, it was Russians who were the first Europeans to actively explore and trade around the Alaskan mainland and nearby islands. According to the Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Northwest Coast of America, in 1761 the fur trader Gavriil Pushkarev was the ...


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The song is titled "Tales of Kiska", it's full text is located in the book Aleutians, Gilberts & Marshalls, June 1942-April 1944. You've heard the bloody tales of old Of fearless knights and warriors bold, But now the muse pens Tales of Kiska Or, how we missed them by a whisker. One hundred thousand men at muster, Admirals, generals adding luster; Two ...


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Horses evolved on the North American landmass, emigrated across the Bering land bridge, then went extinct in the Americas.


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Philadelphia is 2,881 miles from Sitka, edging out New York City at 2,888 miles distance. When the U.S. Government left in 1800, it had become the new nation's largest and most populous city (67,787 inhabitants) and it's busiest port. New York only overtook Philadelphia in these categories following the War of 1812. Benjamin Franklin, with others, founded ...


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Apparently, the vast majority of Russian settlers went home. However, some remained and preserved their culture. Several years ago, I've read an article about a peculiar dialect of the Russian language which managed to survive in a remote Alaskan area, a village named Ninilchik. Russian sources (https://www.gazeta.ru/science/2013/07/09_a_5417937.shtml) ...


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I have a copy (as yet unread) of Exploring and Mapping Alaska: the Russian American Era, 1741-1867, A. Postnikov & M. Falk, tr. L. Black, University of Alaska Press, 2015. There are a few pages dealing with Fort Ross, and the footnotes to these point to papers at AVPRI, RGIA, and RGAVMF. Respectively, these are the Archive of Russian Foreign Policy (...


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The following might explain why the British did not try to acquire any American possessions anymore: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_Doctrine. In brief, the Monroe Doctrine, introduced in the 19th century, is a statement by the United States that they would consider any European attempts to colonize in or interfere with North/South America as hostile, ...


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Having a bunch of problems with the questions premise. The Tlingit people were composed of several smaller tribes and coordinated frequently with the Haida people in raids along the coast (the Salish and Qualicum tribes were frequent targets), but these raids were further south into what is now Vancouver and Puget sound. But the part that I'm having ...


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The archive of the Main Office [of the Russian-American Company] has not survived, and at present only individual groups of documents are known to have come from this archive. -- Leonid Shur in "The Khlebnikov Archive", University of Alaska Press, 1990. However, most of the Company's records from its Sitka office, from 1817 on, were acquired by the U.S. ...


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What happened was the 1970's Oil Boom (known in non-oil-producing areas as The Energy Crisis). For various reasons (some political, some economic) in the 1970's world oil production started failing to keep up with demand. This caused major economic hardship in much of the developed world, but was a tremendous boon to areas that were producing oil. They ...


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What is the strange third flag? I would say nothing we can identify, its an error by the engraver and doesn't represent what was seen (or drawn) by Lysianskyi. Let me explain. Once again comments touch on the truth of the matter, one comment pointing out the incorrect colors on another flag in the image: Hmmmm - isn’t Peter the Great’s flag White ?top ...


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A tough but interesting nut to crack, I don't think I have the definitive answer, but I did find some promising leads. Firstly, there's the Orthodox prayer of intercession: O Lord, Lover of men, forgive those who hate and wrong us. Do good to those who do good. Grant our brothers and relatives their saving petitions and eternal life. Visit the sick and ...


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So if the Russian American Company library in Sitka, Alaska had the same number of books - about 1200 to 1300? - from 1803 to 1867 it would have been the largest library for thousands of miles around for many years. The Library Company of Philadelphia's library, about 2,881 miles from Sitka, acquired the Loganian Library of 2,600 books in 1792, and thus was ...


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The library of the Jesuit college of Durango had 2,555 books, worth 3,345 pesos, when it was taken over by the local diocese in 1767. At the end of the century the library had grown to around 3,830 volumes. The mileage (a unit of measure already established in other answers) between Durango and Sitka is 2746. The holdings statistics come up in the article "...


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The original report comes from Report of the cruise of the U.S. revenue steamer Thomas Corwin, in the Arctic Ocean, 1881, by Calvin Leighton (C.L.) Hooper, of the US Revenue Cutter Service. I found this by reviewing the references in the OP: In that year Capt. C. L. Hooper, in command of the U.S. Revenue Steamer Corwin, stopped At. St. Lawrence to ...


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According to James R. Gibson's article Russian Dependence upon the Natives of Alaska, the Tlingit "retained their culture longer than the islanders" (Aluutiq and Koniags), in part because of their large population and their "cohesive" phratric identities. Tlingit were able to charge the Russians three to five times more than the other tribes for pelts. They ...


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This is a partial answer and a collation mostly from Wikipedia articles. It would appear the the sloop Neva passed through Sitka in 1810 to deliver a salt cargo under the command of Ludwig von Hagemeister. The Neva was travelling from Hawaii. The Neva would later attempt to return to Sitka in 1812 but hit a rock and sank with the loss of 32 of the 75 ...


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