Monday, October 18, 2010

This Week in History: 10/11=8/2010


Alaska becomes part of the United States

On October 18, 1867, the United States formally took possession of Alaska by purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million. America people, however, were against the purchase, believing that Alaska was worthless. It wasn’t until 1896, when gold was discovered in Alaska’s Klondike River, that public opinion of the purchase became more favorable. On January 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state, and is currently known for its bountiful natural resources. Presently, 25% of America’s oil and 50% of its seafood come from Alaska. Alaska means “great land” in Aleut.

To learn more about Alaska, please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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