Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Alaska!

August 21, 1732... First European boat reached Alaska. It was the Russian St. Gabriel.

Russian America was born. It was not only Alaska but pacific coast of British Columbia, Hawaian forts and Fort Ross in California.

The Russian settlement of St. Paul's Harbor, now Kodiak town, 1814.

In 1867 Russian America was sold to the United States for $7.2 million. 

Only 2 cents per acre! Bargain!

Landscape of Denali National Park

Alaska Day celebrates the formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States, which took place on October 18, 1867.