Here's the story of how the United States acquired Alaska. If you like these Story Time videos, please subscribe to my podcast! http://iammrbeat.podomatic.com. Music by Electric Needle Room. http://www.electricneedleroom.com. All images in the public domain. The decision to buy Alaska from Russia in 1867 has mostly been considered a good deal for the United States. The U.S. bought Alaska for $7.2 million, which in 2015 dollars is actually $180.5 million, and that still sounds like a good deal when you consider that the state produces $10s of billions of dollars worth of goods and services every year. However, at least one economist may disagree with that claim that it was actually a good deal. Here’s the story of the Alaska Purchase Once upon a time, there was a country called Russia that grew and expanded its empire across the North American continent. From 1733 to 1867, Russia colonized as far south as modern-day California and two ports in Hawaii. Their North American settlements were called Russian America. However, in 1856, Russia was broke and weakened after the Crimean War, and they also feared that Russian America might be an easy target for the increasing British settlers in British Columbia in any future war that might break out. Resources available there were increasingly less profitable, and plus, hardly any Russians lived there anyway. Therefore, they looked to get rid of Russian America by selling it to the United States. The American Civil War delayed the sale, but after the war ended, U.S. Secretary of State William Seward met in Washington with Russian Minister Eduard de Stoeckl to negotiate a deal. After staying up all night negotiating, the two agreed to a deal, signing a treaty at 4 a.m. on March 30, 1867, with the United States buying the territory for $7.2 million, or about 2 cents per acre. (50 cents an acre in today’s money due to inflation). The Senate approved the purchase on April 9th, and President Andrew Johnson signed the treaty on May 28th. Americans chose to call the area Alaska, an Aleut name. The land, an area over twice the size of Texas, officially joined the country on October 18, 1867. Some people were angry and in shock. These critics of the purchase of Alaska even famously called it “Seward’s Folly,” or “Seward’s Icebox,” basically saying that was a lot of money to spend for an area with not much to offer. They argued no one would be able to move there and it’d also be hard to control and defend, being so far away. Yet other Americans said it was a wise move, not just for the potential resources hidden there but for the potential to next try to take over British Columbia. After the purchase, pretty much all of the Russians who lived in Alaska moved back to Russia. Not many Americans lived there either. That is, until Joe Juneau discovered gold there in 1880, and Americans finally began to migrate there. Later they came for the oil, and today Alaska is a very desirable place for many Americans to live, so much more than just an “icebox.” Was the purchase of Alaska really a good deal, or did Seward actually get ripped off? For the past 125 years or so, most people have agreed that it was a very good deal. However, in 2009, David Barker, an economist at Iowa University, shook things up when he made the controversial claim that challenged that narrative. Barker claimed that the Alaska purchase wasn’t really that good of deal after all, and that the economic benefits from Alaska could have been there for the United States without having to control it all along. Ultimately, though, I see Alaska joining the United States as a fantastic thing. Without that happening, we likely today wouldn’t have one of my favorite shows on television- Alaska State Troopers. For that, we thank you, William Seward.
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What happened to the Russian settlers that settled in early Alaska? Today, we're going to discuss the modern and historic people that live in the US state of Alaska, and how they came to be there. Be sure to let me know your thoughts on the early Russian colonization of Alaska, and how their rule affected the state today. Thanks for watching! And thanks to everyone for supporting the channel and liking the video! Special thanks to my Patreon supporters who make these videos possible! Michael S. Recho B. Tarkan S. Keyuri P. Kyle R. Black CR. Kelvin M. RHZ Avinash Chowdhary
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The American Center presents "The Alaska Purchase" lecture given by Dr. Lee Farrow, author and professor. Took place at the American Center on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Video taken by AMC Volunteer, Nick Simankov.
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Video Software we use: https://amzn.to/2KpdCQF Ad-free videos. You can support us by purchasing something through our Amazon-Url, thanks :) The Alaska Purchase was the United States' acquisition of Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867 by a treaty ratified by the United States Senate, and signed by president Andrew Johnson Russia wanted to sell its Alaskan territory, fearing that it might be seized if war broke out with the United Kingdom.Russia's primary activities in the territory had been fur trade and missionary work among the Native Alaskans.The land added 586,412 square miles of new territory to the United States.Reactions to the purchase in the United States were mostly positive; some opponents called it "Seward's Folly" , while many others praised the move for weakening both Britain and Russia as rivals to American commercial expansion in the Pacific region. ---Image-Copyright-and-Permission--- About the author(s): Edouard de Stoeckl and William H. Seward License: Public domain ---Image-Copyright-and-Permission--- This channel is dedicated to make Wikipedia, one of the biggest knowledge databases in the world available to people with limited vision. Article available under a Creative Commons license Image source in video
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The Alaska Purchase was the acquisition of Russian America by the United States from the Russian Empire in the year 1867 by a treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate. Russia wanted to sell its Alaskan territory, fearing that it might be seized if war broke out with Britain. Russia's primary activity in the territory had been fur trade and missionary work among the Native Alaskans. With the purchase of Alaska, the United States added 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km2) of new territory. Reactions to the purchase in the United States were mixed, with opponents calling it "Seward's Folly", feeling that U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, the primary American negotiator, got the worst of the bargain. This video is targeted to blind users. Attribution: Article text available under CC-BY-SA Creative Commons image source in video
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On the 30th March 1867, the USA purchased Alaska from Russia. How did the Russian come to own Alaska? Why did they want to own Alaska? Having owned Alaska why did they want to sell it? Why did they sell it to America and not Canada? Finally why did America want to buy it?
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"Which US President Signed The Treaty To Purchase Alaska From Russia? Was buying Alaska a good deal? Was the Alaska Purchase a Good Deal? ... The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, a seeming bargain that becomes less so in Mr. Barker's rendering, as he calculates that amounts to $16.5 billion in 2007 dollars, if one adjusts for the relative size of the national economy then and now. Why did the US buy Alaska from Russia? Russia offered to sell Alaska in 1859 because they were in debt from the Crimean War. Seward was laughed at for his purchase. Many U.S. citizens called it ""Seward's ice box"" or ""Seward's Folly."" The U.S. did not initially make this purchase because of Civil War debts. Who originally owned Alaska? At the instigation of U.S. Secretary of State William Seward, the United States Senate approved the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 on August 1, 1867."
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America grew from a colony to a superpower in 200 years. Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work! Learn more at http://bit.ly/video-lab 2:07 Correction: Cuba seceded from the US in 1902. With over 800 military bases around the globe, the US is easily the most powerful nation on earth. But it wasn't always this way. The US once played an insignificant role in global affairs. In this 8-minute video, you can see the transformation. Military budget data: https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/military-spending-united-states/ US foreign bases based on David Vine's book, "Base Nation" http://www.davidvine.net/base-nation.html Troop numbers: "Total Military Personnel and Dependent End Strength By Service, Regional Area, and Country". Defense Manpower Data Center. November 7, 2016. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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This is my first documentary that I feel proud to show you guys! This was for a school project, and I added some humor into it and I really tried my very best on this. It was a lot of fun, and I will make more documentaries in the future, but they be local and in the current time because I want to go places, meet people, and interview people, so I believe it would be better. HOPE YOU ENJOY DA VIDEO! Some of the free stock footage I got was from the website http://www.videezy.com/free-video/alaska, and I typed in Alaska. Here are the ones I used with this documentary... -A Small Group of Caribou Sit By A Stream In Alaska 4k -Wrangell St. Elias National Park HD Stock Footage -A Lake Sits Beneath an Icy Glacier in Alaska 4K -Reindeer Grazing in Alaska 4K -Alaskan Landscapes from Above Free HD Video Other free stock footage I used... Bald Eagle in Tree= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ8GYGMlUzI -Old Film template= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTNOb8i_N5g -Nome underwater gold mining= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4S6sT9Qixo - Slow Mo U.S. dollars falling= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXN2WcNEiEE -Heavy Mechains gold mining= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dqWTapAInA -Scuba Diving for gold= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmxVE4Nhkc0 -The Risks of Drilling in Alaska's Arctic Ocean= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwCbWPR7VK8 - Smokestack= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiLZQFX4wA4 The wind mill footage is mine. (i'm proud of it, though the stabilzien is not the best) The music used in this documentary is not mine. It belongs to Jelsonic on the freemusicacrhive. 1st song= “Another Brilliant Age”= http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jelsonic/Various_Moods_II/jelsonic-another-brilliant-age 2nd song= Seasong= http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jelsonic/Various_Moods_II/jelsonic-seasong
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One hundred and fifty years ago this week, a ceremony held in Sitka transferred Alaska from Russia to the United States. The agreed-upon purchase price of $7.2 million and had been paid earlier in the year. But in this segment of Alaska Story Time with Aunt Phil, author/historian Laurel Downing Bill shares how some people thought there was something fishy about that payment. This episode first aired on CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA Channel 11 Daybreak on Oct. 5, 2017. It didn’t take long after the American flag replaced the Russian flag on Oct. 18 for conspiracy theorists to start speculating that America had not paid that full amount for what some called “Seward’s Icebox.” Many people thought that the United States government was involved in a cover-up that involved a political payoff to the Russians. The amount of money paid to Russia by America is a fact. The check was indeed issued for $7.2 million. But some people thought that the actual purchase price of Alaska was much less and that the check issued included a payment to Russia for sending its naval fleet to the East and West coasts during the American Civil War. In 1939, historian Marriette Shaw Pilgrim wrote that during the Civil War, Great Britain and France threatened to recognize the Southern Confederacy and disregard the blockade imposed by the North. So the Czar of Russia sent the Russian navy to put on a friendly demonstration in both New York and San Francisco ports in 1863. Pilgrim concluded that Alaska only cost around $1.4 million and the balance of that big check was a payoff to the Russians. Research into this matter found that this was a widely held conspiracy theory at the time. But the truth is that America wanted to buy Alaska well before the Civil War and approached Russian officials with an offer of $5 million in December 1859. A few months later, Russian officials replied that the offer was too low but an inventory of assets in their northern colony was underway and once they had an idea of its value they would be in “a condition to treat.” The Russian American Company’s capital, mostly consisting of furs, goods, real estate and sea-going vessels, tallied up to $4.4 as of early 1860. So had American again offered the Russians $5 million, it is possible they would have accepted the deal. But the American Civil war broke out so negotiations were put on hold until 1867. Later research into Russian archives revealed that European powers were edging closer to war over Polish independence and Czar Alexander II, knowing that his meager naval fleet was weak, decided to send it to America to prey on British and French commerce to keep it safe from attack. The unintended consequence of the fleet coming to America is that it boosted Union morale and made the British and French think twice about openly recognizing the Confederacy. http://www.ktva.com/daybreak/ http://www.AuntPhilsTrunk.com http://www.Facebook.com/LaurelDowning Bill https://youtu.be/RNhFjmSLOHA LaurelDowningBillAuntPhil
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"How Is Alaska Connected To The United States? Why did Canada give Alaska to the US? The dispute existed between the Russian Empire and Britain since 1821, and was inherited by the United States as a consequence of the Alaska Purchase in 1867. The final resolution favored the American position, and Canada did not get an all-Canadian outlet from the Yukon gold fields to the sea. Was Canada a part of USA? It's Official: Canada is the 51st State! The United States of America has finally acquired the vast territory of Canada and its massive fossil fuel resources. Why did Canada get independence? Canadian Independence Day. ... On July 1, 1867, with passage of the British North America Act, the Dominion of Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity within the British Empire."
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The Heritage of Alaska series, a weekly television and radio program created by Elmer Rasmuson, and hosted by Elmer Rasmuson and Roger Laubeand, aired in 1968. The series, with 36, five-minute episodes, highlighted various Alaskan subjects in history, art, and literature. National Bank of Alaska sponsored the program. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Hr42/
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It was this week in 1867 that the U.S. took possession of Alaska from Russia. Under President Andrew Johnson and Secretary William Seward, the purchase was $7.2 million or less than two cents an acre. James Hohmann with POLITICO's #ThrowbackThursday.
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In this episode, we talk about how we were able to get a great price on land that wasn't even on the market at the time. We explain in three steps how we looked for land, found land that met our criteria, and negotiated pricing while considering start up cost and natural resource revenue opportunities. Be sure to subscribe to our channel and support our efforts by giving us a thumbs up. Follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedToolHouseFarm/ Visit our website and be sure to sign up for our email newsletter so you will be entered for our monthly gift drawing. http://redtoolhouse.com/newsletter-sign-up/ If you would like to help Red Tool House Homestead maintain the expenses of running this channel, consider using our Amazon Affiliates link when you shop on Amazon. Amazon Link: https://goo.gl/4fiaxX Everyone always asks about our camera equipment. You can find all the equipment we use below via our Amazon affiliate links: Primary Camera: Canon 80D http://amzn.to/2EU1QQd Secondary Camera: GoPro Hero 3 http://amzn.to/2FyfYfa Wireless Mic: Rode RodeLink Wireless http://amzn.to/2CLZGw9 Shotgun Mic: Rode Video Mic http://amzn.to/2FzwyLK
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On this day in 1867, the U.S. took possession of Alaska. Since just a few years after acquiring the territory from Russia, #Gold mining has been a major industry and reason for exploration in the state. Call 833-503-3013 to find out how you can protect your assets with physical gold and silver. Connect with U.S. Money Reserve Online Check out our website: https://www.usmoneyreserve.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UsMoneyReserveInc Twitter: https://twitter.com/usmoneyreserve?lang=en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usmoneyreserve/?hl=en Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108586387150697489288
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"When Did We Purchase Alaska And Hawaii? Why did the US buy Alaska from Russia? Russia offered to sell Alaska in 1859 because they were in debt from the Crimean War. Seward was laughed at for his purchase. Many U.S. citizens called it ""Seward's ice box"" or ""Seward's Folly."" The U.S. did not initially make this purchase because of Civil War debts. What year were Alaska and Hawaii admitted? 1959: 1867: Alaska territory purchased from Russia for $7 million. 1898: Hawaii annexed as a United States territory. 1959: Alaska and Hawaii admitted, respectively, as the 49th and 50th states of the Union. When was Hawaii purchased? 1898 Dole declared Hawaii an independent republic. Spurred by the nationalism aroused by the Spanish-American War, the United States annexed Hawaii in 1898 at the urging of President William McKinley. Hawaii was made a territory in 1900, and Dole became its first governor."
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Facing a quick need for cash and a desire to stick it to the British Russia sells Alaska to the United States for 2 cents an acre. This Day In History is dedicated to quickly learning something new and interesting that happened on this day in history!
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"Why Was The Purchase Of Alaska A Good Deal? Why was the purchase of Alaska significant? Purchase of Alaska, 1867. The purchase of Alaska in 1867 marked the end of Russian efforts to expand trade and settlements to the Pacific coast of North America, and became an important step in the United States rise as a great power in the Asia-Pacific region. Why did the US want to buy Alaska? Russia offered to sell Alaska in 1859 because they were in debt from the Crimean War. Seward was laughed at for his purchase. Many U.S. citizens called it ""Seward's ice box"" or ""Seward's Folly."" The U.S. did not initially make this purchase because of Civil War debts."
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Alaska's indigenous people have fought against colonization, assimilation and exploitation — this is their story. Watch Part 2: https://youtu.be/pSin-ZGRbJ4 Watch Part 3: https://youtu.be/FKJO1YyQMmY Watch Part 4: https://youtu.be/lDU4PkSqWsQ When the United States bought Alaska from the Russians in 1867, Alaska's indigenous people had already been living there for thousands of years. Alaska Natives have had to fight to keep their land, from the point of contact to present day. Resources: “Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People” by William L. Iggiagruk Hensley “Village Journey: The Report of the Alaska Native Review Commission” by Thomas R. Berger Music tracks courtesy of APM and Audio Networks. Footage and images courtesy of Getty, AP, AFP and Reuters. Archival courtesy of Library of Congress, Prelinger, Alaska Film Archives – University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Alaska State Library. Alaska State Library photo credit: P33-05 Alaska State Library Alaska Native Organizations Photo Collection. Subscribe for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV3Nm3T-XAgVhKH9jT0ViRg?sub_confirmation=1 Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish Download the AJ+ app at http://www.ajplus.net/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajplus
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U.S. Admiral warns against sanctioning India over Russia defence purchase A top U.S. admiral has warned Congress against imposing any sanctions on countries like India and Indonesia for purchasing defence equipment from Russia, saying any such move would pose a concern for America’s defence ties in the Indo-Pacific and increase its partners’ dependence on Moscow. Admiral Philip S Davidson, the nominee for the US Pacific Command Commander (PACOM), told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday during his confirmation that India’s military had long relied on the former Soviet Union and then Russia to follow with some of its technology and training. Source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-admiral-warns-against-sanctioning-india-over-russia-defence-purchase/article23600273.ece ______________________________________________________________________________ Thanks You For Watching..... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Site : https://worldofweapon.wordpress.com Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/worldofweapon16 Twitter : https://twitter.com/worldofweapon VK.com : https://vk.com/vk.worldofweapon Myspace : https://myspace.com/worldofweapon Tags:- defence news,news,world news,weapon,asia news,military news,military,event,military event,defense news,,defence update, defense update,military update russia, nato, russia vs nato, nato vs russia, putin, usa, usa vs russia, russia vs usa, ukraine, military, eu vs russia, war, news, russia military, germany, ww3, russia army, world war 3, china, army, obama, europe, russia war, russia (country), russia military power, soviet russia, france, tanks, world, united states, us, vladimir putin, military comparison, navy, warships, trump, america, us army, comparison, moscow, power, united states of america (country), israel, russian navy, technology china, military, chinese military, chinese army, chinese military power, pla, chinese, news, army, chinese military power 2017, chinese military parade, china military, military comparison, chinese navy, xi jinping, south china sea, military parade, military exercise, chinese special forces, military power, military drill, soldier, usa, us, people's liberation army, war, usa vs china, china vs usa, liaoning, us air force, combat, china army, united states, parade, us navy india, pakistani media on india, us, china, india russia relationship, india vs pakistan, india and united states, india (country), make in india, pakistan against india, pakistan on india, india pakistan, india russia, news, upsc, modi, donald trump, usa, latest, narendra modi
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"What Was Sewards Purchase Of Alaska Called Sewards Folly? Why was Seward's purchase of Alaska called Seward's Folly? The Treaty with Russia was negotiated and signed by Secretary of State William Seward and Russian Minister to the United States Edouard de Stoeckl. Critics of the deal to purchase Alaska called it ""Seward's Folly” or “Seward's Icebox."" Opposition to the purchase of Alaska subsided with the Klondike Gold Strike in 1896. Why was Seward's Folly important? Seward's Folly. ... It was called Seward's Folly because the United States Secretary of State, William Seward, purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million which was considered to be a massive mistake by many Americans."
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"Why Did The United States Want To Gain Control Of Alaska? How did America gain control of Alaska? The US purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867. It was known as Seward's Folly, because then Secretary of State William Seward agreed to pay $7.2 million to the Tsar for what many believed to be a frozen waste land. Why did Canada Sell Alaska? So Russia needed to raise money out of debt from the war, and to modernize their military. Alaska was colonized along time ago, and it didn't have much use, so they decided to sell it, and America bought it. ... The USA DID NOT BUY ALASKA FROM CANADA. The U.S. bought Alaska from Russia in 1867."
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A visit to Alaska in the early 1930s. To purchase a clean DVD or digital download of this film for personal home use or educational use contact us at [email protected] To license footage from this film for commercial use visit: www.travelfilmarchive.com
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Short film created by Mike Munoz (12th grade) and Malkolm Dahl (11th grade) on the U.S. acquisition of the Alaskan Territory. This video was created for a U.S. History class at the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School in Albuquerque, NM (http://www.nmmediaarts.org)
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