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The Purchase of Alaska

Posted in America, Famous news stories, Geography, Historical articles, History, Politics on Sunday, 22 November 2015

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The Purchase of Alaska was one of the great political triumphs of post-colonial America, when the impoverished Russian Tsar sold 1.5m square kilometres for $7.2m, which at the time was called ‘Seward’s Folly’, so-called after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who brokered the deal and is pictured here at the formal change-over ceremony in Sitka on 18 October 1867.

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The Purchase of Alaska. The formal change-over of ownership was conducted with due ceremony at Sitka on 18 October 1867. by Angus McBride

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