Bishop Joasaph Bolotov of Alaska
Archimandrite Joasaph was the
leader of the delegation of Valaam missionary
(including Sts. Herman
sent to Alaska in 1793. Appalled by
the settlers' treatment of the Aleuts,
he reported the abuse to the
authorities, but to little avail.
He was later consecrated first bishop of Alaska,
but on the return trip in 1799 his ship, the Phoenix, was lost at
He is considered a saint by many Orthodox.
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