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Alaska became a territory on May 11, 1912. It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959. Alaska is called Land of the Midnight Sun and The Last Frontier.
“In the case of Alaska we have one instance where bluster would not win; fighting was not to be thought of and so we could pay for the stationary icebergs or let them alone. Nor with money easy was Alaska a bad bargain at two cents an acre. It was indeed cheaper than stealing now that the savages receive the teachings and diseases of civilization in reservations.
In 1867 there were few who held this opinion, and not one in a hundred, even of those who were best informed believed the territory to be worth the purchase money. If better known to day its resources are no better appreciated; and there are many who still deny that apart from fish and fur bearing animals the country has any resources.” (Source: Works: History of Alaska. 1886,by Hubert Howe Bancroft, p. vi)
“Meeting of Frontiers is a bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library that tells the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Link
Aunt Phil's Trunk: Bringing Alaska's History Alive! Link
Seaports of the World: Alaska by The Maritime Heritage Project Link