I got wondering about Alaska today. Maybe that is because on this day in 1825, Russia and Britain established the Alaska/Canada boundary. I have never been to Alaska and probably will never get there. I have two uncles and some cousins who have been there and they sure have plenty of stories.
Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million U.S. dollars. That was quite a huge sum back then. Compared to today's dollar, it would have been worth about 5000 percent more. Here is a picture of the check:
I found the following on the Internet :
* Alaska is as big as England, France, Italy and Spain combined * Only one city in Alaska has a larger population than the town of Framingham, Mass. (which has less than 70,000 people) * If New York City had the same population density as Alaska, only 16 people would be living in Manhattan * Alaska's largest city, Anchorage, covers 1,955 square miles (including the entire political municipal district). The state of Rhode Island covers 1,045 square miles while Delaware also covers 1,955. * More than half the world's active glaciers are in Alaska. * About 5 percent of Alaska is covered by glaciers. * There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska. * Alaska is one-fifth the size of the "Lower 48," larger than the next three biggest states combined, more than twice the size of Texas and 488 times larger than Rhode Island.
OK, one last thing, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so:
I am glad that it finally wound up in the U.S.'s possession, but I think I will not move there from the second largest state. . . it is warmer down here in Texas. Now, you all have a great day, you hear?