History of Kodiak

The Kodiak Archipelago has been home to the Alutiiq for over 7000 years. In their language, kadiak means "island". In 1763, the Russian explorer Stephan Glotov discovered the island, calling it Kad’yak. He was followed by the British captain James Cook fifteen years later, who first penned "Kodiak" in his journals in 1778.

In 1791, the Russian fur trapper Alexander Baranov moved the post at Three Saints Bay (established in 1784) to a new site in Saint Paul Harbor,