Popov, Petr Ilyich (?–?)
Popov, Petr Ilyich (?–?) – a Russian explorer of the early eighteenth century. In search of new fishing areas, P. in 1711 on a koch sailed down the river of Anadyr and reached the area of Cape Dezhnev, crossed the Bering Strait, and collected information about the life of the Chukchi and Eskimo, the nature of Alaska and Chukotka, fishing areas, as well as on the shortest way to Alaska across the Bering Strait. All information according to him was recorded by a clerk of the Okhotsk fortress and became known after the Second Kamchatka Expedition of 1733–1743.