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
- 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... [...]
- Receiving news of peace in Alaska, 1918 — Share the History Love... Armed men, in Alaska, receive news of peace on November 11, 1918. Share the History Love... [...]
- Portriat of Chief Anotklosh, 1913 — Share the History Love... Chief Anotklosh of the Taku nation. He wears a woven Chilkan blanket of cedar bark and mountain goat wool and a European-style cape, and holds a carved wooden bird rattle. Photograph by W.H. Case, ca. 1913 in Juneau, Alaska. Share the History Love... [...]
- D-Day in Pictures: Part VI — Share the History Love... D-Day in Pictures: Part I D-Day in Pictures: Part II D-Day in Pictures: Part III D-Day in Pictures: Part IV D-Day in Pictures: Part V “We got on the beach and they have all these people laying down on the beach that were killed, it was chaos” – SSG Walter Ehlers, 18th Infantry [...]
- Medical evacuation patients on the USS Tripoli, 1967 — Share the History Love... Wounded Marines on the deck of the Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LPH-10) await transfer to the 22nd Casualty Station in Danang from which they will be sent to the States, July 1967. Share the History Love... [...]