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Pribilof Islands

Quick Facts

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Location

57 ° 24' 0" N,
170 ° 14' 48" W

Region

Aleutians West (CA)

Uses

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About

Located in the Bering Sea, consisting of Saint Paul, Saint George, Walrus, and Otter Islands.

History

Named by Lieutenant G.A. Sarichev about 1792 for Gavriil Loginovich Pribylov (died 1796), who while an employee of the Lebedev-Lastochkin Company, discovered Saint George Island, one of the Pribilof Islands, in June 1786. The islands were first referred to as Novy, meaning new, and Lebedevski, the name of the owner of Pribilov's vessel. G.I. Shelikov called the islands Zoubov for the then Russian Minister of the Interior. They were also referred to as Kotovy, meaning fur seal, and Sieverny, meaning north (relative to Unalaska Island).

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