Photos of the Caucasus (George Kennan)
George Kennan (1845 – 1924) was an American explorer noted for his travels in the Kamchatka and Caucasus regions of the Russian Empire. He was a cousin twice removed of diplomat and historian George F. Kennan, with whom he shared his birthday. In 1870, he traveled to Dagestan, which had been annexed by the Russian Empire only ten years previously. There he became the first American to explore its highlands, a remote Muslim region of herders, silversmiths, carpet-weavers and other craftsmen. He traveled on through the northern Caucasus area, before returning once more to America in 1871. These travels and earned him a reputation as an “expert” on all matters pertaining to Russia.