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What was Seward’s Folly

Seward’s Folly, also known as Seward’s Icebox, was the derogatory nickname given to the area known as Alaska, purchased by the United States from Russia in 1867. The $7.2 million purchase, heavily encouraged by Secretary of State William Seward, was criticized by many, thus dubbed “Seward’s Folly.” The Alaskan Gold Rush of 1900 proved Seward to be a very wise man. In 1959, Alaska became the forty-ninth state.

Sitka is a prosperous fishing town in Alaska, a state with immense natural resources that was bought by the United States for a little over seven million dollars back in 1867.

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