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.

Bagatsk Bridge

Bagatsk Bridge

Dairoi Musicians

Dairoi Musicians

Portraits of Georgian women

Portraits of Armenian women in Tbilisi

Military road near the village of Pasanauri

Military road near the village of Pasanauri

Mtskheta

Mtskheta

Persian street merchant

Persian street merchant

Kazbegi colorized

Kazbegi colorized

Traders arriving in Tbilisi

Traders arriving in Tbilisi

Market

Market

Silversmith's workshop

Silversmith’s workshop

Sioni village

Sioni village

Grevoedev tomb (above), Persian shop (below)

Grevoedev tomb (above), Persian shop (below)

Botanical garden ravine, Tbilisi

Botanical garden ravine, Tbilisi

From Kennan's "Tiflis types" portrait series

From Kennan’s “Tiflis types” portrait series

Qvevri (wine containers)

Qvevri (wine containers)

Yerevan (now Freedom) Square

Yerevan (now Freedom) Square

Girl from Tiflis

Girl from Tiflis

view of Abanotubani (baths district), Tbilisi

view of Abanotubani (baths district), Tbilisi

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