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Sat Mar 30, 2013, 05:56 AM

March 30, 1867: Alaska was purchased from Russia

Alaska (i/əˈlęskə/) is a state in the United States, situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with the international boundary with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area, the 4th least populous and the least densely populated of the 50 United States. Approximately half of Alaska's 731,449[4] residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska's economy is dominated by the oil, natural gas, and fishing industries; it has these resources in abundance.

Alaska was purchased from Russia on March 30, 1867, for $7.2 million ($120 million adjusted for inflation) at approximately two cents per acre ($4.74/km²). The land went through several administrative changes before becoming an organized (or incorporated) territory on May 11, 1912, and the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.[6]
The name "Alaska" (Аляска was already introduced in the Russian colonial period, when it was used only for the peninsula and is derived from the Aleut alaxsxaq, meaning "the mainland" or, more literally, "the object towards which the action of the sea is directed".[7] It is also known as Alyeska, the "great land", an Aleut word derived from the same root.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska

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dballance Mar 2013 #1
Lucky Luciano Mar 2013 #3
Wolf Frankula Mar 2013 #2

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:12 AM

1. Can We Get A Return on the Purchase? It Seems Defective.

 

AK has given us Palin and, most recently, Young. So the purchase seems defective.

Is there a possibility we can let them go back to being not a state?

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Response to dballance (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:33 PM

3. Nah. In spite of Palin and the other wacky loons that live there,

...we are way up on that trade!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 10:24 AM

2. Russia Has Offered to Buy It Back

$10,000,000 in gold. We could get a good profit.

Wolf

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