Alaska Day and the History Behind the 49th State

When and how did this far-flung territory become part of the United States?

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  • 1898 advertisement published by the Alaska Commercial Company during the Klondike Gold Rush.Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
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  • Officials signing the Alaska Treaty of Cessation on March 30, 1867.

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  • A Nunivak Cup'ig woman and her child, 1930.

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