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Paying for Alaska by Check

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  1. kwright

    kwright (16 Jul 2007)

    This is amazing. Paying for a territory by check! Whoever lost Alaska really made a big mistake.
  2. GloriaDonaldsonWells

    GloriaDonaldsonWells (31 Jul 2007)

    I wish the picture were clearer. I still don't know to whom the check was written and who signed it. The impression is the face of the check was written all over. Was there writing on the back that leaked through?
  3. kwright

    kwright (08 Aug 2007)

    Who authorized this payment?
  4. wkt37211

    wkt37211 (05 Sep 2007)

    On March 29, 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian Minister to the United States, Baron Edouard Stoeckel completed the first draft of the treaty. It said that Russian America was now property of the United States. The next morning, before the senate vote the treaty was signed. Cassius M. Clay, United States Minister to Russia, claimed Alaska was worth over million dollars. But the United States bought Alaska for 7.2 million dollars. That's less than two cents an acre. Even though the senate vote was 37 to 2 many U.S. citizens thought the purchase was a mistake. They called it "Steward's Folly." This was a very promising beginning for Alaska, it was then claimed the nation's ugly duckling.
  5. michaellockermd

    michaellockermd (14 Dec 2007)

    Fascinating. Michael Locker MD

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