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The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881. In terms of land area, it is the largest city-borough in the U.S., with a land area of 2,870.3sqmi and a total area (including water area) of 4,811.4sqmi; however, it is the smallest of Alaska's boroughs. Urban Sitka, the part that is usually thought of as the "city" of Sitka, is on the west side of Baranof Island.HistoryThe current name Sitka means "People on the Outside of Baranof Island", whose Tlingit name is '' .Sitka's location was originally settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago.Russian AmericaThe Russians settled Old Sitka in 1799, calling it Redoubt Saint Michael. The governor of Russian America, Alexander Baranov, arrived under the auspices of the Russian-American Company, a colonial trading company chartered by Tsar Paul I. In June 1802, Tlingit warriors destroyed the original settlement, killing many of the Russians, with only a few managing to escape. Baranov was forced to levy 10,000 rubles in ransom for the safe return of the surviving settlers.Sitka is in Alaska (AK). Take a look at our United States itinerary app to refine the details of your trip to Sitka.
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