The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Buldakov, Timofey Mikhailovich (?–?)

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Buldakov, Timofey Mikhailovich (?–?) – a cossack from Yakutia, pathfinder and Arctic mariner, and one of the Russian discoverers of East Siberia, whose travels around the Arctic Ocean marked the beginning of the Northern Sea Route exploration. In 1649, he was sent as a commissioner to the Kolyma. Accompanied by Cossacks on Koch boats, he left Yakutsk and went down the Lena as far as Zhigansk Region. In 1650 B. reached the Laptev Sea, but strong winds kept him in the Lena mouth for a month. Then he reached Buor-Khaya Bay where the Koches got trapped in ice. Leaving them in the ice, B. and his companions skid as far as the Indigirka mouth and went up the river to Uyandinskoe Winter Quarters. In early 1651, he traversed the Alazeya Upland in sledges and reached the Srednekolymsky settlement (ostrog) where he became a garrison commander. B. left a detailed description of his travel.

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