Shumagin Islands in Aleutians East Borough AK


Shumagin Islands, Aleutians East Borough, Alaska

Shumagin Islands is a physical feature (island) in Aleutians East Borough.

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Feature Name: Shumagin Islands
Category: Alaska physical, cultural and historic features
Feature Type: Physical
Class: Island
Description: S of Alaska Peninsula, including Unga, Popof, Korovin, Nagai, Simeonof, and Big and Little Koniuji Is., plus other smaller islands.
History: Named by Captain Commander Vitus Bering, Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), for one of his sailors, who died of scurvy and was buried here August 30, 1741. Father Veniaminov (1840, v.1, p. 255) reported the Aleut name as "Kagigun" and Golovin said the Aleuts called the islands "Unga," from the name of the largest of the group (1862, voyage 1, p. 174). The name was published in French as "I(les) Choumagin" or "Shumagin Islands" by Admiral Krusenstern (1827, map 20), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN).
Borough: Aleutians East Borough
Latitude: 55.0666656494
Longitude: -160.050003052

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