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The check that bought Alaska

Cancelled check for the purchase of Alaska, 1868

It’s hard to believe it was 145 years ago today that the good old U.S. of A. bought our northern brother, Alaska.

A bargain at two cents an acre, Secretary of State William H. Seward eagerly sealed the deal with Russia, though not everyone thought it was $7.2 million well spent.

Opponents of the Alaska Purchase persisted in calling it “Seward’s Folly” or “Seward’s Icebox” until 1896, when the great Klondike Gold Strike convinced even the harshest critics that Alaska was a valuable addition to American territory.

Bet the Russians could see the sparkle from their own backyards, even through their frozen tears.

Full story at OurDocuments.gov.

History trivia of the day.

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