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Sitka Sound with Mount Verstovia in the foreground.

Sitka Sound is a body of water near the city of Sitka, Alaska. It is bordered by Baranof Island to the south and the northeast, by Kruzof Island to the northwest and by the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. During the early 19th century it was a major locus of the maritime fur trade.

Naming historyEdit

Sitka Sound was named Ensenada de Susto by Juan de la Bodega on 15 August 1775. It was later named Norfolk Sound[1] by James Cook. In 1801, Fleurieu published a map naming it Baie Tchinkîtâné in an attempt to use Tlingit toponyms.[2]


  1. ^ Wagner, Henry (1937). The Cartography of the Northwest Coast of America to the Year 1800. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 416.
  2. ^ Black, Lydia T.; Dauenhauer, Nora; Dauenhauer, Richard (2008). Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká/Russians in Tlingit America: The Battles of Sitka, 1802 and 1804. University of Washington Press. p. XXVI. ISBN 978-0-295-98601-2.

Coordinates: 56°58′22″N 135°29′27″W / 56.97278°N 135.49083°W / 56.97278; -135.49083