Friday, June 13, 2008

How much did the U.S. spend for Alaska and when?

Question: How much did the U.S. spend for Alaska and when?

Answer: Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7,200,000. For brief background on the purchase, please see the American Contact with Russian America chapter of the Alaska History Course. For a copy of the canceled check, please visit the National Archives at http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/alaska/cancelled-check.html.

The Alaska State Library is rich with resources on Alaska under Russian rule. See our catalog for details.

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