Russia sold Alaska to America
During the time of 19th century Russia was under the control of Czarist government. At that time Russia suffered from financialdifficulties. Also they had the desire to keep Alaska out of British hands because at that time British exploited several countries and made them as their colonies. So, Russia had to protect Alaska from the British. Also the lower profits of trade with Alaskan settlements made them upset. Russia thought Alaska was simply just an ordinary land. These are the reasons which made Russia to sold Alaska to America. The U.S. secretary of State William Seaward, the United States senate approved the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 on August 1,1867. This purchase is popularly known as “Seaward’s folly”, “Seaward’s icebox”.
The United States flag was raised on October 18, 1867.
First we should know that when Alaska was purchased most of it’s land were unexplored. When U.S. started to explore Alaska they found gold in Alaska. It happened in the year 1899. Also they found copper in Alaska. The industries of copper mining, fishing and canning began to become popular in 20th century. In 1903, a boundary dispute with Canada was solved and now there’s no trouble in Alaska.
If Russian government didn’t sold Alaska they would’ve not lost their gold mines, copper mines, oil wells and it’s several natural resources.