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The Purchase of Alaska


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Seward Justifies the Purchase of Alaska

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This article from the San Francisco Chronicle on September 5, 1869, records a speech given by former Secretary of State William Seward on his involvement in the purchase of Alaska. In his speech he describes the weather, the beauty, the population, the rivers and seas, the land, and the natural resources of Alaska. Seward uses all these facts to support his decision to purchase Alaska for the United States and prove that buying Alaska was not “Seward’s Folly.”

Contributor: Clio
Created: March 2, 2009 · Modified: September 19, 2011

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