Fort Ross State Historic Park was established in 1906 to set aside a unique site where Russians, with the help of Native Alaskans, developed a colony in California. It was built beside Metini, the seasonal home of the Native Californians, the Kashaya, who lived in this area for centuries.
Fort Ross was a Russian-American Company settlement between the years 1812-1841. It was established as an agricultural colony to support the company’s settlements in Alaska, and as a base from which to hunt California sea mammals.
Read more about Fort Ross here or here or here.
This is one of those places that escaped my radar. If not for a fellow blogger - who's blog I cannot recall at the moment - I would not have known there is such a thing as Fort Ross. Thank you fellow blogger for featuring Fort Ross in your blog. I hope I remember who she/he is :)