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Seward's Purchase of Alaska
By Rudy McGillvray


April 01, 2008

I just love correcting writers. The "Purchase of Alaska" was NOT for the territory itself. Russia didn't OWN Alaska: what they sold was "Rights of Governance" to the United States, and no one, except an educated few understand that point. What Russia had in Alaska was colonies, (some of them stil exist today), and she sold us the right to govern those colonies for the 7.2 million dollars the U.S. paid for them.

We could have done the same thing through our policy of "Manifest Destiny" by just encouraging U.S. residents to move to Alaska on their own. (Saving the U.S. 7.2 Million dollars) Through the mechanisms of voting in sponsored elections, by occupying lands adjoining the colonies. Much as the rest of the U.S. was stolen from the Natives already living there.

Just a few thoughts for Seward's Day

Rudy McGillvray
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Long time Ketchikan resident."

Received April 01, 2008 - Published April 01, 2008


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