Fort Ross was found here as a fortress post for the Russian empire in 1812.
Fort Ross was intended
to safeguard the possessions of the Russian tsars in the New World from competing
Spaniards to the south. Napoleon's betrayal of the Spanish kings allowed
cooperation between the two countries. Otter hunting and agricultural
ventures were chief tasks of the new settlers. However its role was
fairly brief and the fort along with surrounding lands was sold in 1841
following decimation of local fauna by international over hunting.