Russian Rule of North America

Did you know that Russia once ruled part of our country and could've expanded far further but instead sold their land to the U.S.? Historian Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer talking about the Alaska Purchase says, "It contained nothing of value but furbearing animals, and these had been hunted until they were nearly extinct. It is a "frozen wilderness."Not every American agreed with the Alaska Purchase as a good thing to buy from Russia. Russian settlement started in 1742 on the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska which spread across Alaska and even into the Yukon in search of gold and south all the way to Fort Ross, California. With the fall of the east coast of Kamchatka, a peninsula northeast of Japan to the English and French, the Russians feared a costly conflict with their American Territory so they tried to sell it. Mexico didn't want to buy it but the English and Americans were interested, the United States eventually bought the land for 2 cents per acre or 7.2 million dollars for the whole territory. Russia did have rule over a lot of North America but in fear of war, sold it at a good price to the U.S.
By: Jeffrey Bell 3rd Hour
Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Purchase
http://www.parks.sonoma.net/rosshist.html
http://www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=202
This is a picture of the actual check made out to Russia for 7.2 million dallars and in return the territory of Alaska.
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