The Russians Were Early Settlers in What is Now California

My scholar friend from Cambridge traveled north from SF, writing “Fort Ross was brilliant.” The area, now in Sonoma County, CA was the southernmost Russian settlement in North America from 1812 to 1842. They were Russian explorers & settlers from Siberia. They eventually sold their land to John Sutter, who also owned the lumber mill in the Sacramento Valley where gold was discovered in 1848, which triggered the Gold Rush, putting California on the map for good. It is interesting that the Wikipedia account of John Sutter’s life makes no mention of his connection with the Russian outpost.