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Transcript of Alaska
History of Alaska
Seward's Folly: Russia sold Alaska to Secretary of State William Seward in 1867 for $7.2 million -- that's about 2 cents per acre. Alaska became known as "Seward's Folly" or "Seward's Iceberg" because many Americans thought he had spent too much for what they considered a frozen wasteland. When Alaska became the 49th state in 1959, it was the first state to enter the Union in 47 years. It also increased the country's area by a fifth.
By: Emily Mortenson
What to See in Alaska
Alaska is valuable for other reasons. Radar stations in the state protect Americans from a sneak attack over the North Pole. Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, is known as the "Air Crossroads of the World" because of its strategic location; it serves as a refueling base for flights between Asia and Europe and between the United States and Asia.
Other cities in Alaska include Juneau and Sitka. Juneau is the state capital, but if you visit, you'll have to travel by plane or boat since there aren't any roads going into the city. At 4,710 square miles, Sitka is the largest city in area in the country. The Alaskan Islands of Attu and Kiska were captured by the Japanese during World War II.
Geography in Alaska