March 19, 2009 4:56 PM | Alaskan Photo Tours


William Seward and the Alaska Purchase

Are not you glad you purchased Alaska? Do you have a business, you know. You bought it for 2 cents per acre for all 586,000 acres of it.

By "you" I mean you as a taxpayer. Already in 1867, under President Andrew Johnson, successor to Abraham Lincoln, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $ 7.2 million.

Purchase of Alaska was not an impulsive decision. The U.S. Congress had been discussing for several years. Alaska represents a wealth of land and nobody really knew what he was up there in that part of the world. Russia was motivated to sell. Alaska was too far to be able to do anything worthwhile with all that territory. And, after all, Russia has succeeded in Alaska for nothing, so I knew they would realize a good profit, no matter what price it was sold.

So, finally, on March 30, 1867, the purchase of its completion. The man responsible to negotiate the purchase was William H. Seward, Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. The land deal was immediately named, "The Madness Seward "and" Seward's Ice Box "and" Walrussia "by people who thought America had bought a vacant lot. He referred also as "Polar Bear Garden Johnson."

In fact, the deal almost did not happen. The Alaska Purchase was ratified by a margin of only one vote.

William Seward of New York, envisioned the ownership of Alaska as part of a bigger plan. Seward dreamed that one day the U.S. own all of America North.

Most people do not remember the night that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated an attempt on Seward's life by Lewis Powell, an associate of John Wilkes Boothe, who broke into Seward's bedroom and stabbed him several times.

Today, Alaska is recognized as a state rich in resources and not as a wasteland ice cream. Alaska produces nearly 20 percent of oil from the nation and is home to several outstanding gold mines. Alaska also a national leader in fish production and soon will be home to the largest natural gas pipeline project in North America and the world. Alaska now exports over $ 3 billion natural resources.

By therefore not surprising that one of Alaska's most picturesque cities, prosperous, Seward, is named after the astute negotiator Alaska Purchase. And in the last Monday March, Alaska celebrates a State holiday, Seward's Day

About the Author

Garry Gamber is a public school teacher and entrepreneur. He writes articles about politics, real estate, home businesses, health, poetry, and books. He is the National Director of Good Politics Radio and owns an online BookWise bookstore.

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