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Fort Ross is a former Russian fur trade outpost in what is now Sonoma County, California (United States). It was established in 1812 and sold to John Sutter in 1841, owing to the depletion of the local population of fur-bearing marine mammals, as well as the decreased strategic importance of a supply base for Russia's Alaskan colonies following the Convention of February 28, 1825 with the British. The fort was home to Russians, Aleut hunters in their employment, and native Kashaya Pomo . This unique site has recently been the subject of intensive archaeological investigation. It is designated a National Historic Landmark.
- Fort Ross State Historic Park
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