U.S. buys Alaska from Russia, Oct. 18, 1867

Preparing for statehood: A 49th star is added to the U.S. flag outside the Federal Building in Juneau on July 1, 1958, months before Alaska officially became a state.

ㅤ”Czarist authorities in St. Petersburg had sought to sell Alaska to the United States rather than risk losing it in a war with Great Britain, a European rival. In March 1867, Eduard de Stoeckl, the Russian envoy to the U.S., was authorized to negotiate a deal.
ㅤThe Alaska purchase was championed by William Seward, secretary of state under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. At the time, critics dubbed it ‘Seward’s folly,’ ‘Seward’s icebox’ and ‘Andrew Johnson’s Polar Bear Garden,’ among other derogatory names. Nonetheless, the Senate went along on May 27, 1867. Johnson signed the agreement the next day.”

Story at Politico, image from politico(.com). #alaska #william seward – Go to reblog (browser only).

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