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The Alaska Purchase Explained
 
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Here's the story of how the United States acquired Alaska. If you like these Story Time videos, please subscribe to my podcast! http://iammrbeat.podomatic.com. Music by Electric Needle Room. http://www.electricneedleroom.com. All images in the public domain. The decision to buy Alaska from Russia in 1867 has mostly been considered a good deal for the United States. The U.S. bought Alaska for $7.2 million, which in 2015 dollars is actually $180.5 million, and that still sounds like a good deal when you consider that the state produces $10s of billions of dollars worth of goods and services every year. However, at least one economist may disagree with that claim that it was actually a good deal. Here’s the story of the Alaska Purchase Once upon a time, there was a country called Russia that grew and expanded its empire across the North American continent. From 1733 to 1867, Russia colonized as far south as modern-day California and two ports in Hawaii. Their North American settlements were called Russian America. However, in 1856, Russia was broke and weakened after the Crimean War, and they also feared that Russian America might be an easy target for the increasing British settlers in British Columbia in any future war that might break out. Resources available there were increasingly less profitable, and plus, hardly any Russians lived there anyway. Therefore, they looked to get rid of Russian America by selling it to the United States. The American Civil War delayed the sale, but after the war ended, U.S. Secretary of State William Seward met in Washington with Russian Minister Eduard de Stoeckl to negotiate a deal. After staying up all night negotiating, the two agreed to a deal, signing a treaty at 4 a.m. on March 30, 1867, with the United States buying the territory for $7.2 million, or about 2 cents per acre. (50 cents an acre in today’s money due to inflation). The Senate approved the purchase on April 9th, and President Andrew Johnson signed the treaty on May 28th. Americans chose to call the area Alaska, an Aleut name. The land, an area over twice the size of Texas, officially joined the country on October 18, 1867. Some people were angry and in shock. These critics of the purchase of Alaska even famously called it “Seward’s Folly,” or “Seward’s Icebox,” basically saying that was a lot of money to spend for an area with not much to offer. They argued no one would be able to move there and it’d also be hard to control and defend, being so far away. Yet other Americans said it was a wise move, not just for the potential resources hidden there but for the potential to next try to take over British Columbia. After the purchase, pretty much all of the Russians who lived in Alaska moved back to Russia. Not many Americans lived there either. That is, until Joe Juneau discovered gold there in 1880, and Americans finally began to migrate there. Later they came for the oil, and today Alaska is a very desirable place for many Americans to live, so much more than just an “icebox.” Was the purchase of Alaska really a good deal, or did Seward actually get ripped off? For the past 125 years or so, most people have agreed that it was a very good deal. However, in 2009, David Barker, an economist at Iowa University, shook things up when he made the controversial claim that challenged that narrative. Barker claimed that the Alaska purchase wasn’t really that good of deal after all, and that the economic benefits from Alaska could have been there for the United States without having to control it all along. Ultimately, though, I see Alaska joining the United States as a fantastic thing. Without that happening, we likely today wouldn’t have one of my favorite shows on television- Alaska State Troopers. For that, we thank you, William Seward.
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Russia Gave Us a Discount on Alaska
 
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Many ridiculed Secretary of State William Seward for purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. But he turned out to be quite the shrewd businessman. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Alaska http://bit.ly/1lLXV7S
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Alaska: "Seward's Folly" - Decades TV Network
 
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The U.S. purchased Alaska on March 30, 1867. Secretary of State William H. Seward brokered the deal with Russia for $7 million, which equaled two cents an acre. The deal almost didn’t pass the Senate and was mocked in Congress. They called the new territory “Seward’s Folly” or “Seward’s Icebox.” People started looking at Alaska differently in the late 1890’s when gold was discovered during the Klondike Rush. But nearly a century would go by before it would officially become the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
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WHY IS ALASKA A PART OF THE USA AND NOT CANADA?
 
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Alaska is a US state situated next to Canada, but why does Alaska belong to the United States and not Canada? It all began with the two enemy empires, the Russian Empire and the British Empire, conquering land particularly in Central Asia, which was known as the Great Game. They have always been enemies which was seen during the Crimean War in the mid 19th Century. Russia wanted to sell its Alaskan territory, fearing that it might be seized if war broke out with the United Kingdom and also due to the fact that the Russian Empire was in a period of financial difficulties. Therefore the only realistic way forward was to sell a piece of their territory. of which they decided to sell Alaska and was sold to the United States. The matter of the fact was that Canada had not been an official country when this purchase was made by the USA. Watch this video to find out more. Sources: https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Alaska-a-part-of-the-USA-and-not-Canadahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska http://rbth.com/arts/2014/04/20/why_did_russia_sell_alaska_to_the_united_states_36061.html https://www.reddit.com/r/answers/comments/17nj2b/why_is_alaska_not_part_of_canada/ http://www.dontow.com/2011/12/how-alaska-left-russia-and-became-part-of-the-u-s/ Music: Music by NCS Unison - Aperture [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VDjPYcL-oU
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What Happened to the Russian Settlers in Early Alaska? Modern People of Alaska
 
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What happened to the Russian settlers that settled in early Alaska? Today, we're going to discuss the modern and historic people that live in the US state of Alaska, and how they came to be there. Be sure to let me know your thoughts on the early Russian colonization of Alaska, and how their rule affected the state today. Thanks for watching! And thanks to everyone for supporting the channel and liking the video! Special thanks to my Patreon supporters who make these videos possible! Michael S. Recho B. Tarkan S. Keyuri P. Kyle R. Black CR. Kelvin M. RHZ Avinash Chowdhary
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The Alaska Purchase Explained
 
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The sale of Alaska between the Russian Empire and the United States has been the subject. Russian wars and the United States buying Alaska
Alaska: “Seward’s Folly” - Decades TV Network
 
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The U.S. purchased Alaska on March 30, 1867. Secretary of State William H. Seward brokered the deal with Russia for $7 million, which equaled two cents an acre. The deal almost didn’t pass the Senate and was mocked in Congress. They called the new territory “Seward’s Folly” or “Seward’s Icebox.” People started looking at Alaska differently in the late 1890’s when gold was discovered during the Klondike Rush. But nearly a century would go by before it would officially become the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
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"The Alaska Purchase" Lecture by Dr. Lee Farrow 01.19.2017
 
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The American Center presents "The Alaska Purchase" lecture given by Dr. Lee Farrow, author and professor. Took place at the American Center on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Video taken by AMC Volunteer, Nick Simankov.
Heritage of Alaska Episode 1: The Purchase of Alaska
 
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The Heritage of Alaska series, a weekly television and radio program created by Elmer Rasmuson, and hosted by Elmer Rasmuson and Roger Laubeand, aired in 1968. The series, with 36, five-minute episodes, highlighted various Alaskan subjects in history, art, and literature. National Bank of Alaska sponsored the program. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Hr42/
What if the US purchased Greenland in 1946?
 
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If the US had a purchased Greenland in 1946 Greenland would be a major tourism destination and oil mining would be a majot business.
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Alaska Purchase
 
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Video Software we use: https://amzn.to/2KpdCQF Ad-free videos. You can support us by purchasing something through our Amazon-Url, thanks :) The Alaska Purchase was the United States' acquisition of Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867 by a treaty ratified by the United States Senate, and signed by president Andrew Johnson Russia wanted to sell its Alaskan territory, fearing that it might be seized if war broke out with the United Kingdom.Russia's primary activities in the territory had been fur trade and missionary work among the Native Alaskans.The land added 586,412 square miles of new territory to the United States.Reactions to the purchase in the United States were mostly positive; some opponents called it "Seward's Folly" , while many others praised the move for weakening both Britain and Russia as rivals to American commercial expansion in the Pacific region. ---Image-Copyright-and-Permission--- About the author(s): Edouard de Stoeckl and William H. Seward License: Public domain ---Image-Copyright-and-Permission--- This channel is dedicated to make Wikipedia, one of the biggest knowledge databases in the world available to people with limited vision. Article available under a Creative Commons license Image source in video
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Alaska: The Outpost State - The Big Picture
 
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National Archives and Records Administration ARC Identifier 2569687 / Local Identifier 111-TV-422 Big Picture: Alaska: The Outpost State When Alaska was acquired by Secretary of State Seward almost a century ago for seven million dollars, it was promptly dubbed "Seward's Folly" or "Seward's Icebox." Even up to the present day, many Americans consider their newest sister state as a barren rock covered with crushing ice and constantly at sub-zero temperature. Alaska is a rugged land to be sure, but, as this week's THE BIG PICTURE points out, she will prove a valuable star in our nation's flag. An area one-fifth the size of the continental United States, it boasts of modern cities, progressive schools, rich mineral and game resources and booming industries that have already returned our original purchasing price many times over. THE BIG PICTURE highlights Alaska's colorful early years of the Klondike Gold Rush, through its repulsion of a Japanese invasion during World War II, up to its admittance to statehood. The film presentation then defines Alaska's strategic value in military affairs which in recent years has grown to vital importance to national defense. With its original owner, Russia, just fifty-six miles from Alaska's border, it can truly be called the "Guardian of our Northern Frontier" and America's "Outpost State."
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Alaska Purchase
 
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My Reflections on writing a Paper "Purchase of Alaska"
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The Alaska Purchase of 1867 | LAH
 
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Learn about the United States' acquisition of Russian America, better known as Alaska. --- Music: "Honor of Days" by Twin Musicom
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Purchasing Alaska
 
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The Purchase of Alaska-Documentary CCSA (04:21)
 
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Documentary about the purchase of alaska
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The Purchase of Alaska
 
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Made for my Digital Media class. This was my first time using MovieMaker, and I can only imagine getting better at it. Hope it's informative. Special thanks to my awesome wife for the narration!
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The 150th Anniversary of  the Alaska Purchase
 
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July 26, 2017 Discover Alaska lecture by Dermot Cole, Author and Journalist
Alaska Purchase
 
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The Alaska Purchase was the acquisition of Russian America by the United States from the Russian Empire in the year 1867 by a treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate. Russia wanted to sell its Alaskan territory, fearing that it might be seized if war broke out with Britain. Russia's primary activity in the territory had been fur trade and missionary work among the Native Alaskans. With the purchase of Alaska, the United States added 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km2) of new territory. Reactions to the purchase in the United States were mixed, with opponents calling it "Seward's Folly", feeling that U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, the primary American negotiator, got the worst of the bargain. This video is targeted to blind users. Attribution: Article text available under CC-BY-SA Creative Commons image source in video
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America's Crazy Plan to Buy Greenland, Iceland and Canada...
 
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America's purchase of Alaska was the only successful part of an ambitious plan to make America the largest country on Earth - a plan for the United States to buy Greenland, Iceland, Canada, and Alaska. Subscribe for more fascinating videos! Music - Cinematic, Inspiring & Emotional Background Music For Video, Film, Documentary by Ayepeid Music Enjoy here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRF59bk3Oyo Video, Image, and Info Credits: https://uphere.ca/articles/all-american-arctic https://grapevine.is/mag/articles/2015/04/20/that-time-the-united-states-were-thinking-of-buying-iceland/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Seward https://mapswire.com/countries/united-states/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1nYb_5ESZk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TzidJUvWRg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bering_Strait_crossing https://pixabay.com/en/photos/american%20flag/ https://pixabay.com/en/russia-flag-national-russian-26896/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_map_of_Alaska.png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_map_of_Canada_and_United_States_(American_Flag).png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Greenland_stub.svg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag-map_of_Iceland.svg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWFipRcRDc4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZPt36aQ7yc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGykQFX9BHE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTXHyjXG2ww https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Henry_Seward_-_edited.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_Map_of_Canada_(United_Kingdom).png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1860-russian-america.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Atlas_of_Greenland https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1762_Janvier_Map_of_North_America_(Sea_of_the_West)_-_Geographicus_-_NorthAmerica-janvier-1762.jpg https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/21911312801 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ruperts_land.svg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Purchase https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Andrew_Johnson_-_3a53290u.png https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:North_America_laea_location_map.svg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_map_of_the_United_States_(All_50_States).png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag-map_of_the_United_States.svg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_map_of_Alaska.png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Greenland_stub.svg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag-map_of_Iceland.svg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Canada_flag_map.svg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:OCR-A_char_Plus_Sign.svg https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:OCR-A_char_Equals_Sign.svg
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Objective 3.2-  The Annexation of Hawaii & Alaska
 
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https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Annexation-of-Hawaii-and-Alaska-Bundle-2851591 This bundle has everything you need as an educator to teach your students about the annexation of Hawaii and Alaska during the Age of American Imperialism! This "Annexation of Hawaii and Alaska" Bundle includes: 2) A graphic organizer activity that allows your students to explore the purchase of Alaska and the annexation of Hawaii by the United States in the late 19th century. Students will examine the different people involved in these events and the motivations for acquiring both territories. Your classes will then use a primary source to investigate the circumstances of the deposition of Queen Liliuokalani and the annexation of Hawaii by the United States. 3) A detailed answer key to the lesson activity to save you time and help guide student comprehension. There is also an option to just purchase the activity with an aligned key. You can purchase that at this link. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Annexing-Hawaii-and-Alaska-Activity-2839868
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U S  takes possession of Alaska October 18, 1867 - This Day in History
 
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U S takes possession of Alaska October 18, 1867 - This Day in History On this day in 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward, the enthusiasticly expansionist secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson.
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The purchase of Alaska 1867
 
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On this day in 1867, the US purchased Alaska from Russia.
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Why Was The Purchase Of Alaska A Good Deal?
 
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"Why Was The Purchase Of Alaska A Good Deal? Why was the purchase of Alaska significant? Purchase of Alaska, 1867. The purchase of Alaska in 1867 marked the end of Russian efforts to expand trade and settlements to the Pacific coast of North America, and became an important step in the United States rise as a great power in the Asia-Pacific region. Why did the US want to buy Alaska? Russia offered to sell Alaska in 1859 because they were in debt from the Crimean War. Seward was laughed at for his purchase. Many U.S. citizens called it ""Seward's ice box"" or ""Seward's Folly."" The U.S. did not initially make this purchase because of Civil War debts."
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The Alaska Purchase in a nutshell
 
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The Alaska Purchase explained by Spongebob.
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The U.S. purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867
 
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How such an obscure purchase could have such a major impact
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What Was Sewards Purchase Of Alaska Called Sewards Folly?
 
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"What Was Sewards Purchase Of Alaska Called Sewards Folly? Why was Seward's purchase of Alaska called Seward's Folly? The Treaty with Russia was negotiated and signed by Secretary of State William Seward and Russian Minister to the United States Edouard de Stoeckl. Critics of the deal to purchase Alaska called it ""Seward's Folly” or “Seward's Icebox."" Opposition to the purchase of Alaska subsided with the Klondike Gold Strike in 1896. Why was Seward's Folly important? Seward's Folly. ... It was called Seward's Folly because the United States Secretary of State, William Seward, purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million which was considered to be a massive mistake by many Americans."
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The Alaskan Purchase
 
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POLITICO's #ThrowbackThursday: Purchase of Alaska
 
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It was this week in 1867 that the U.S. took possession of Alaska from Russia. Under President Andrew Johnson and Secretary William Seward, the purchase was $7.2 million or less than two cents an acre. James Hohmann with POLITICO's #ThrowbackThursday.
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Which US President Signed The Treaty To Purchase Alaska From Russia?
 
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"Which US President Signed The Treaty To Purchase Alaska From Russia? Was buying Alaska a good deal? Was the Alaska Purchase a Good Deal? ... The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, a seeming bargain that becomes less so in Mr. Barker's rendering, as he calculates that amounts to $16.5 billion in 2007 dollars, if one adjusts for the relative size of the national economy then and now. Why did the US buy Alaska from Russia? Russia offered to sell Alaska in 1859 because they were in debt from the Crimean War. Seward was laughed at for his purchase. Many U.S. citizens called it ""Seward's ice box"" or ""Seward's Folly."" The U.S. did not initially make this purchase because of Civil War debts. Who originally owned Alaska? At the instigation of U.S. Secretary of State William Seward, the United States Senate approved the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 on August 1, 1867."
Views: 98 Hadassah Hartman
Purchase of Alaska
 
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A 5 minute clip illustrating the sale of Alaska to the United States. All information was read in An American Pageant or on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchase_of_Alaska. Any constructive criticism is welcome.
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Alaska Purchase
 
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Some deals are worth making.
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Alaska purchase 1867, how and why did this happen?
 
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On the 30th March 1867, the USA purchased Alaska from Russia. How did the Russian come to own Alaska? Why did they want to own Alaska? Having owned Alaska why did they want to sell it? Why did they sell it to America and not Canada? Finally why did America want to buy it?
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How did US buy Alaska?
 
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How did US buy Alaska? Find out by watching this video. Thanks for watching! Please like&subscribe! #politics
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U.S. PURCHASED ALASKA # 03
 
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U.S. PURCHASED ALASKA # 03 150 Years Ago on March 30, 1867, the United States gave the government of Russia a check for $7.2 million and took possession of 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 square kilometers) of new land which became the Alaska Territory. Later, in 1959, it became America’s 49th state. In the last 150 years, Alaska has seen several gold rushes, an oil boom, a groundbreaking distribution of lands to Native groups, a disastrous oil spill, a tremendous growth in tourism, and much more. As a researcher I loved to share with you some of this amazing history and phenomenal beauty on Alaska’s sesquicentennial.
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Sewards Folly
 
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U.S. buys Alaska. Brief review of U.S. increasing power in the Pacific.
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Purchase of Alaska
 
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U.S. PURCHASED ALASKA # 01
 
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U.S. PURCHASED ALASKA # 01 150 Years Ago on March 30, 1867, the United States gave the government of Russia a check for $7.2 million and took possession of 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 square kilometers) of new land which became the Alaska Territory. Later, in 1959, it became America’s 49th state. In the last 150 years, Alaska has seen several gold rushes, an oil boom, a groundbreaking distribution of lands to Native groups, a disastrous oil spill, a tremendous growth in tourism, and much more. As a researcher I loved to share with you some of this amazing history and phenomenal beauty on Alaska’s sesquicentennial.
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Who Is Alaska Owned By?
 
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"Who Is Alaska Owned By? Who originally owned Alaska? At the instigation of U.S. Secretary of State William Seward, the United States Senate approved the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 on August 1, 1867. Why did Canada give Alaska to the US? The dispute existed between the Russian Empire and Britain since 1821, and was inherited by the United States as a consequence of the Alaska Purchase in 1867. The final resolution favored the American position, and Canada did not get an all-Canadian outlet from the Yukon gold fields to the sea. Why did the US buy Alaska from Russia? Russia offered to sell Alaska in 1859 because they were in debt from the Crimean War. Seward was laughed at for his purchase. Many U.S. citizens called it ""Seward's ice box"" or ""Seward's Folly."" The U.S. did not initially make this purchase because of Civil War debts."
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The Alaskan purchase
 
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The Alaskan Purchase
 
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Qd Alaska purchase
 
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CRAZY Mistakes That Changed History
 
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Have you ever made a mistake so bad that it changed the course of your life? Imagine that on a much larger scale—a scale so large that the effects are observed worldwide and recorded in the history books. These are those kinds of mistakes. From a battle that didn’t need to happen to a legendary chain that missed its window, this is Crazy Mistakes That Changed History. Subscribe for weekly wacky videos and learn interesting facts about the world with awesome top 10 lists and other amazing videos. 5. Ouch Alright, let’s switch things up a bit move onto some happier, yet still terrible mistakes. Let’s take a look at some bad deals and missed opportunities, starting with the United States’ purchase of Alaska. In the mid-19th century, Russia technically had rights to Alaska as they had put up settlements and sent numerous voyages to the area. Well, Alexander II, the Emperor of Russia at the time, didn’t think that the land was all that valuable and was nervous that the U.S. would take it by force, so he sold it to them. Sounds like a pretty good deal so far, right? Well, the mistake here was that on March 30, 1867, he decided to sell it for just $7.2 million. Six hundred sixty-three thousand three hundred square miles for $7.2 million…. As the title already stated—ouch. 4. May the Force Be with You It certainly was for George Lucas, the writer and director of Star Wars. You see, in 1977, George somehow negotiated his way into getting the licensing and merchandising rights to the franchise. Now, this wasn’t his mistake; this mistake is all on the part of 20th Century, who didn’t see the potential in the space-based flick. Not many people really did before it became a phenomenon. Not long after its release, it became the highest-grossing movie ever and held the title until 1982. Lucas said he negotiated the rights so that he could make things like posters and t-shirts to promote the film, as he was afraid that 20th Century wouldn’t do it. It looks like it was one of the greatest semi-accidental plays in history as since the first movie came out, toy licensing alone had raked in around $12 billion in 2017. 3. Less Than Exciting At one point in time, Google was still just a fledgling business trying to get on its feet, and a search engine called Excite was in the number two spot at the front of the pack. This was back in good old 1999, and right around that time Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google, offered Excite the opportunity to purchase Google. All they wanted was for Excite to replace their technology with Google’s and they’d sell for $750,000, which George Bell, Excite’s CEO, declined. They’d already offered Google for more, been rejected, and dropped their price tag for Bell, but he still didn’t bite. Well, Excite started declining in 2001, and they were bought in 2004 by Ask Jeeves, whereas Google is still going strong and pulls in about $50 billion a year. 2. Double Whammy In 2002, another company had a chance to buy Google before it went public, and that company is Yahoo. They could have purchased the now giant search engine for just $5 billion, but Terry Semel, the Yahoo CEO at the time, thought that was just too much. He wanted to buy the company for $3 million, so things didn’t quite work out. A few years later, Yahoo had a chance to buy Facebook, but instead, they wanted YouTube, and they got what amounts to a slap in the face when Google picked up the video-sharing website. They could have still nabbed Facebook, but the two companies failed to come to an agreement, and that’s why Yahoo has to be one of the most unlucky companies out there. 1...
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October 18th: Purchase of Alaska | U.S. Money Reserve
 
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On this day in 1867, the U.S. took possession of Alaska. Since just a few years after acquiring the territory from Russia, #Gold mining has been a major industry and reason for exploration in the state. Call 833-503-3013 to find out how you can protect your assets with physical gold and silver. Connect with U.S. Money Reserve Online Check out our website: https://www.usmoneyreserve.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UsMoneyReserveInc Twitter: https://twitter.com/usmoneyreserve?lang=en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usmoneyreserve/?hl=en Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108586387150697489288
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Alaska Purchase
 
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By Lucia, Harjit, Oziyah, and Ryan.
American History - Part 117 - A Johnson - Buys Alaska - Grant Elected President
 
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Welcome to THE MAKING OF A NATION -- American history in VOA Special English. There was no question about the Republican choice for president. Party leaders wanted General Ulysses Grant. The Democratic Party had a much more difficult time choosing a candidate for president in eighteen sixty-eight. They chose Horatio Seymour, a former governor of New York state. He won the nomination on the twenty-second ballot. Grant got more popular votes and electoral votes than Seymour. He won the election. It was a great victory for the military hero. Yet it also was the start of an administration that would suffer many problems. Ulysses Grant would prove to be much less successful in politics than in war. As Andrew Johnson prepared to leave the White House a few months after Grant's election, he would look back on some successes during his time as president. True, he had lost the political fight to control the re-building, or reconstruction, of the defeated southern states. But he had won the equally important fight to keep the presidency independent from Congress. Johnson also could look back on some successes in foreign relations. During his administration, he got Napoleon the third of France to withdraw French forces from Mexico. And he got more territory for the United States. In the spring of eighteen sixty-seven, the Russian minister in Washington made a surprise offer. He said his country was willing to sell some of its territory in North America. Secretary of State William Seward quickly prepared a treaty accepting the offer. Russia wanted ten million dollars for the land. Seward said the United States would pay only seven million dollars. Russia accepted, and the treaty was signed. The United States flag was raised over Alaska. Many Americans protested the purchase of Alaska. They thought seven million dollars was too much to pay for a worthless piece of frozen land. They said the deal was foolish. They called it "Seward's Folly." In time, of course, these critics were proved wrong. Alaska's wealth in oil, natural gas, trees, fish and animal skins makes its purchase one of the greatest deals any country ever made for territory. At last, Grant appealed to his father for a job in a store. He held this low-paying job until the Civil War started. Then he finally got back into the army. He got his chance to succeed. Still, the years of poverty and failure affected Ulysses Grant. They made him lack trust in his own judgment and abilities. This feeling showed itself when Grant reached the White House. The new president had little knowledge of politics or government. And he refused to ask for advice from experts. To do so, he felt, would show a lack of intelligence. For advice, he depended on close friends. These were the men with whom he had served during the Civil War. Grant had never been able to make much money. He liked and had great respect for men who had. He became friends with some of these wealthy men. He accepted gifts from them. This weakness for money and power became clear when he announced his choices for his cabinet. Grant named a rich businessman to be treasury secretary. The Senate rejected him. Grant named another rich businessman for Navy Secretary. This nomination was approved, even though the man had never been on a ship. Grant named several other rich people and old military friends to the cabinet. Many lacked political experience. Some critics attacked the appointments. One critic "Never was an administration begun with more hope and less ability." The best adviser Grant named was John Rawlins as Secretary of War. Rawlins was a good judge of men. And he was wiser than most of Grant's other friends. He alone, of all those around the president, would argue with Grant when he believed him to be wrong. Rawlins, however, was in poor health. His condition grew worse during the summer of eighteen sixty-nine. Early in autumn, he died. Rawlins' death hurt President Grant deeply. But the lack of honest, wise advice in the White House would hurt the country even more. That will be our story next week, in the next program of THE MAKING OF A NATION
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