Rancheria Island

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 Alaska

Quick Facts

  • Location: 55 ° 25' 39" N, 133 ° 5' 17" W
  • Region: Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA)
  • Uses:
  • Part of: Alexander Archipelago

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About
between Port Saint Nicholas and Trocadero Bay, on W coast of Prince of Wales I., Alex. Arch.

History
Named "La Rancheria," meaning "the settlement," by Francisco Antonio Maurelle on "May 31, 1779,* * * because there was a stockade on it." He found it uninhabited by with a number of good houses (Wagner, 1937, p. 404). In 1923 the name was formally applied to this island by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS); its location was previously not clearly defined, and the name was in limited use.

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