Kamtschatka is a Oblast (district) and a peninsula in the Asiatic part of Russia. This view shows native summer houses on the peninsula of Petropawlowsk.
'The Balagans are rudely built in the shape of a Cone with a broad base, upon the Top of a Stage supported by pillars about 4 yards high, upon which they ascend by a ladder or a thick piece of Wood with steps cut in it. The Joorta is built partly underground & the roof covered with Earth. The Entrance to these was formerly at the Top, but since the Russians have been here they make the Door at the side. The Balagan being the Chief residence of the Kamatschadales.' Cook Journals III, 2, 1258.
Rare engraving from the official British Admiralty sanctioned edition of the accounts of Cook’s third and final voyage. All other later copies made of this image by other publishers were unauthorised, usually smaller and inferior in quality.
Beddie 1743-77, p.343, Joppien 3.361A, ill.p.584
From Cook & King, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean Undertaken by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere....