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2016-01-15 05:32:29 Post No. 557785
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Why did everybody hate Alaska so much? How did the US manage to buy 660,000 square miles and then insist on doing fuck-all with it for over 90 years?
Why did Seward have to bribe congressmen to keep them from mass voting against the sale? I heard it quoted that politicians argued they might as well "give Russia the 7 million to repay her for her part in the revolutionary war" rather than being paid to accept responsibility for a huge frozen wasteland.
And why did Russia hate Alaska so much as to sell her off? Furs, meat, and local trade didn't make Alaska a metropolis, but it was still a lucrative business, and a foothold in trading and a doorway into the North American markets was hardly something to be thrown away at a whim. Were they really that afraid of anglos trying to conquer their territories that they would just try to get it over with before a fight? Britain seemed to want the territory less than anyone.
And why the hell did the Americans try their hardest to ignore it? there were European-populated cities in Sitka and Kodiak before even Chicago and Salt Lake City, but the US went almost a century without even opening one fucking post office.
Is there something I'm missing? Alaska is fucking great.