The Story of Alaska

Since the beginning- Alaska has been a mystery to those who have never lived there. Stories of bear attacks, hauntings, serial killers, and devastating winters keep the masses from the land where Caribou outnumber the residents. 

Journey with me as we discover the truth, the lies, and the unbelievable stories of the Last Frontier.

1700s

The European discovery of Alaska came in 1741 when a Russian expedition led by Danish navigator Vitus Bering sighted the Alaskan mainland. Unfortunately, Russian hunters soon made incursions into Alaska, and the Indigenous Aleut population suffered greatly after being exposed to foreign diseases. 

On Kodiak Island, Grigory Shelikhov, a Russian fur trader, founds Three Saints Bay, the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska.

The Three Saints Bay colony was founded on Kodiak Island in 1784, and Shelikhov lived there for two years with his wife and 200 men. From Three Saints Bay, the Alaskan mainland was explored, and other fur trade centers were established

1800s

U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signs a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7 million

 Russia first approached the United States about selling the territory during the administration of President James Buchanan; however, negotiations were stalled by the outbreak of the Civil War. 

After 1865, Seward, a supporter of territorial expansion, was eager to acquire the tremendous landmass of Alaska, an area roughly one-fifth the size of the rest of the United States. Despite the bargain price of approximately two cents an acre, the Alaskan purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press as “Seward’s Folly,” “Seward’s icebox,” and President Andrew Johnson’s “polar bear garden.

1906- The Capital of Alaska moved from Sitka to Juneau

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