U.S. comes into possession of Alaska
On this day, in 1867, the United States officially came into possession of Alaska, after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million. The deal was achieved by William Henry Seward, expansionist secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson. However, the public mostly believed that the land was worthless and called it "Seward’s Folly" and "Andrew Johnson’s Polar Bear Garden,". Johnson was later impeached and acquitted over reconstruction policies after the civil war.
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