Sorrowful date. Alaska became American

On this day in 1867 in Novoarkhangelsk, Russia officially transferred Alaska to the United States. The amount of the transaction amounted to 7.2 million dollars, that is, 2 cents for a hundred of land. Is it a lot or a little? So far, the debate about the value of this sale has not subsided, and is it still possible to bring Alaska back home .. to its native harbor?

Officially, the sale was explained by the inability of Russia to control such a large and remote territory. If England and other countries could easily capture these territories in the event of war.
The terms of the deal meant the opportunity to buy Alaska back, but the last opportunity to return Alaska dissolved into a whirlwind of revolution and the subsequent Civil War.
But even this pitiful 7.2 million treasury did not receive. Most of the amount went as a commission. A lot of money was spent on the registration of the transaction and the "coaxing" of US senators and the public, who at first did not see the point in this transaction.
Of course, the economic amount of 7.2 million later paid for itself many times, here gold, and wood, and furs, and other natural resources of Alaska.

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