By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 20, 2022) – In Issue 2022-111 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit the historic U.S. purchase of a former Russian territory.


On June 20, 1867, the treaty transferring Alaska from Russian control to the US was proclaimed complete and announced to the American people by President Andrew Jackson. 

Secretary of State Seward negotiated the deal and detractors referenced it as Seward’s Folly.

The $7.2 million purchase quickly became valuable land when, nearly 20 years later, the Yukon gold strike occurred.

Alaska went through several governmental designations – department, district and territory – before becoming the 49th state in 1959.

Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States in total.  It is home to 17 of the 20 highest mountains in the country.  It has over 100 volcanoes, the most of any state.

If you don’t like to be crowded, Alaska is the place to live.  Its population density is only one person per square mile.

Here is Cram’s 1901 map of Alaska.

Alaska – 1901 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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