In 1867 the United States, led by Secretary of State William Seward, purchased the Alaska territory from Russia. After controlling most of the area that is now Alaska from the late 1700s until 1867, Russia sold the territory for $7.2 million dollars. This equals out to roughly two cents per acre. The U.S. gained a new territory of around 600,000 square miles. Alaska was admitted into the union as the 49th state in 1959, also making it the largest state in the United States.
Alaska – 2 Cents per Acre
- Alaskan Army dog teams, WWII — Share the History Love... In this snow-covered post, somewhere in Alaska, dog teams perform tasks in country impassible to other forms of locomotion. They are kept by the Quartermaster Corps of the Army, for hauling food to snow-bound infantry units and locating and aiding fliers forced down in the wilderness. Three of the dog teams [...]
- Eskimo woman in fur parka, ca. 1899 — Share the History Love... Eskimo woman in fur parka with fur trim, ca. 1899. Share the History Love... [...]
- First shipment of gold from Nome to Seattle, 1899 — Share the History Love... The first shipment of gold sent from Nome to Seattle in 1899. Share the History Love... [...]
- Unloading King Crab in Seldovia, 1965 — Share the History Love... Unloading king crab off a fishing boat in Seldovia, Alaska, 1965. Share the History Love... [...]
- Leaving for the Klondike, 1897 — Share the History Love... Steamer Excelcior leaving San Francisco for the Klondike on July 28, 1897. Excelcior was the first steamer to carry passengers to the Klondike after news of the discovery of gold. The ship was laden with 350 passengers and 800 tons of supplies. Share the History Love... [...]