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Eastern Orthodox missionaries settled on the island by the end of the 18th century, continuing European settlement of the island. The capital of Russian America was moved to Novoarkhangelsk (modern-day Sitka) in 1804.
The Russian-American Company was established in 1799 as a joint-stock company by decree of Emperor Paul to continue the harvest of sea otter and other fur-bearing animals and establish permanent settlements.
By the mid-19th century, the sea otter was almost extinct and 85% of the First Native population had disappeared from exposure to European diseases and violence.
In March 1964, a tectonic tsunami struck the city during the 1964 Alaska earthquake with 30-foot (9.1 m) waves that killed 15 people and caused million in damage.
The city of Kodiak is home to a number of annual events that draw locals and people from off-island.
The most well-known of these is Kodiak Crab Festival.
Its wild game is coveted by hunters worldwide for the Kodiak bear and other game animals; there are strict laws governing fishing and hunting activities as well as hiking near spawning streams.
Both the Department and the city maintain websites and publish brochures to help communicate these strictly enforced laws.