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Bering left from Siberia in order to find where Alaska and Russia either connected or was closest. Traveling from Siberia, Bering took the route less traveled by accident (arrow). It is said that one of his crew suggested sailing southward from something he had heard through hearsay. Due to this decision the boats went way out of the way and missed all the islands hooking off of the Alaskan mainland. Ironically, this in turn made the location for the first Russian settlement far from Siberia and close to the southern tip of modern-day Alaska.
This first sight of Alaska was most likely Prince of Whales Island. On the mainland the Russian community was called New Archangel and today is named Sitka.


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