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What is the plot of Island of the Blue Dolphins?

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Island of the Blue Dolphins is based upon a real story in which the Lost Woman of San Nicolas lived alone on an island from 1835 to 1853. Karana is a twelve year-old girl living on the Island of Blue Dolphins, located about 75 miles southwest of present day Los Angeles. Her people, the people of Ghalas-at, are visited by explorers from the Aleutians (Russians) who come and bargain for the ability to hunt sea otters. The Aleutians leave without paying the people of Ghalas-at. As they leave, there is a battle. Karana's father, Chief Chowig is killed during the battle. Chief Chowig's successor, Kimki leaves the island to look for a new place to live. Time passes and white men arrive saying they will take the villagers to a new home....

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