Russian American Company
The History of the Russian American Flag: The Russian government formed a semi-official corporation known as the Russian-American Company in part to settle Alaska and in part to control the early Russian traders. Also, to deal with private companies operating in Alaska whose practice it was to rob, abuse and kill the natives. In the early 1800's the Russian-American Company pursued the fur trade in California and in 1812 a small fort near the Russian River, called Ft Ross was established to protect the fishing fleets and fur traders. This flag was used until 1867 when Alaska was sold to the United States.