History, Why Did Russia Sell Alaska To America?

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By William L. Iggiagruk Hensley, Visiting Distinguished Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage. One hundred and fifty years ago, on March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian envoy Baron Edouard de Stoeckl signed the Treaty of Cession. With a stroke of a pen, Tsar Alexander II had ceded Alaska, his country’s last…

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