The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Buza, Yelisei Yuryevich (?–?)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_102

Buza, Yelisei Yuryevich (?–?) – a pathfinder and Arctic mariner, Cossack foreman, one of the discoverers of East Siberia. In 1631–1633 he took part in the construction of Yakutsk settlement (Ostrog). The information about his independent travels is quite contradictory. One version is that in the summer of 1637 he set off by sea from the mouth of the Lena westward to the Olenyok River, traveled up the river in a Koch boat for 500 km, and stayed there for the winter. In the spring of 1638, he went along the Molodo River (the Lena Water Basin) on reindeers, discovered the Lena-Olenyok Ridge, and in the summer of 1638 reached the sea via the Lena and then the Yana mouth, up which he went repeating the route of I. Perfilyev. In 1639 in a Koch boat, he went down the Yana to the sea and traveling eastward as far as longitude 138°E discovered Chaun Bay and the rivers Yarok and Chondon, lying nearby. For 2 years (1640–1641), he collected the tribute in furs from the Yukagir in the basins of...

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