The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Eterikan (?–?)

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Eterikan (?–?) – an Ustyansk Yakut from the lowers of the Lena, a manufacturer, and seaman (there were allegedly two brothers with the same surname). In 1759 or 1760 he discovered the richest locations of mammoth’s remains on Blizhniy Island (the New Siberian Islands). Then, having crossed the channel, he was the first to visit the neighboring Malyi Island. In 1860 Blizhniy Island was called Eterikan. In 1770 both islands were renamed into Bolshoy and Malyi Lyakhovskiy (after I. Lyakhov) under the order of Catherine II. The channel between them is called Eterikan. Moreover, the name Eterikan remained in the names of two rivers on Bolshoy Lyakhovskiy Island.

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