Amur Region began to be explored by different people in the seventeenth century, but principally by Cossacks and runaways. In 1651 Yerofey Khabarov invaded the fortified settlement of the Daurian Prince Albazy. Today, this is on the territory of the city's northern Skovordinsky district. In 1665, Russian Cossacks settled here. A year later, their newly built fortress, Albazino, was surrounded by Manchu troops. The Cossacks didn't surrender. In the picture is a monument to the first Cossack settlers. 

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