Isaak Iselin in Hawaiʻi, 1807
Comparing sources I – Task
From the mid–18th to the mid–19th century, the north Pacific Ocean was dominated by an imperial Russian presence (present–day Alaska was a part of the Russian empire). The agents of empire were often co–opted natives from Siberia and Alaska such as the Aleuts and the Kamchadals. The Russian network of settlements and forts was rather loosely knit, however, as their main purpose was to hunt for fur—especially that of the sought–after sea otter—for the Chinese market.
Although somewhat forgotten in non–specialist historiography, Russian ships visited Hawaiʻi on a regular basis, especially in the period from 1800 to 1820. There was even a short–lived attempt to add the Hawaiian Islands to the Russian Empire in 1816. A so–called «Russian Fort» on Kauaʻi is the remainder of that episode. Iselin was well aware of the Russian presence, which he mentions on several occasions.
There are two versions of the same passage about the Russian presence in the Pacific. One is from the original, the other from the edited journal. Read the two versions and compare them. Fill in below the four mentioned place names and find out where they are located. Moreover, there is one significant difference between the original and the edited passage: what is it?