Gregori Shelikhov was also one of the founders of the Russian-American
Company, a trading firm set up in Russia for exploring the territories of
Russian America. The Russian domains in Alaska were so called from the second
half of the 18th to the second half of the 19th century that is the Aleutian
islands and the north-west coast of North America as far as the 54°40'. He
published a book about his travels entitled The Travels of the Russian Merchant
Grigori Shelikhov from Okotsk Across the Eastern Ocean to the Shores of America.
His name was given to a town in Irkutsk Region and to the bay in the Okhotsk
Sea, a strait between the Peninsula of Alaska and Kadiak Island where he founded
the first Russian settlements in 1784.