Located in the northwest of the North American continent, Alaska is the largest state of the USA. Alaska was joined to the USA in 1867, and only in 1959 it has become a 49th U.S. state. The capital of Alaska is Juneau. Alaska was named a “Seward’s Folly” after U.S. Secretary of State William Seward, who managed a purchase of the land from Russia.
There was a lot of critics of this deal because this land believed to be not rich, but that was before the discovery of the gold in the 1890s. Alaska is washed by the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean from the North; it is bounded by the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean from the south, the Bering Strait and the Bering Sea from the west; and the Chukchi Sea from the northwest. It is surrounded by the Canada and British Columbia from the east. The capital of Alaska is Juneau.
“Did you know” facts about Alaska
- Did you know that two islands of Alaska, Attu, and Kiska, were occupied by the Japanese for 15 months during World War II?
- Did you know that the territory of Alaska was under Russia’s control till 1867, when the land was taken on lease by the USA by Secretary of State William Seward for $7.2 million?
- Did you know, that the lowest temperature here was -80 degrees Fahrenheit at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971?
- Did you know that Alaska is a seismically active zone, as its territory experience around 5,000 earthquakes every year? The strongest one happened in March of 1964 and had a magnitude of 9.2.
- Did you know, that 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the USA are located in Alaska?
- Did you know about the April Fools’ joke in Alaska in 1974 made by locals? Hundreds of motor tires were burnt in the vent of the dead volcano Edgecumbe so that everybody thought that the volcano awoke
- Did you know, that some areas of Alaska the sun doesn’t set for 84 days? The furthest city of Alaska, Barrow has almost three months’ period with no sunsets.
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