When did Alaska become a state? If you are interested in history, you may find this article useful. Alaska is a U. S. state. It is the biggest state in the U. S. when it comes to area. Its borders are Yukon, British Columbia, the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Strait, Bering Sea, the Arctic Ocean and Chukchi Sea. Although it is the biggest U.S. state, its population density is very low. The name “Alaska” originally came for “Alyeska”, meaning “the great land”.
In 1867, the United States purchased Alaska. Before that, Alaska was the Russian territory. The price was more than seven million dollars for less than five square kilometers area. The administrative status of Alaska was changed several times. In 1912, Alaska finally became organized, and in 1959 (January 3), it reached the status of the forty-ninth state of the United States of America.
Alaska coastline is very long. The entire area of Alaska covers about 587,000 square miles. Sixty-five per cent of Alaska is governed by United States federal government. All national parks, forests and other lands are managed by this U.S. institution. The state of Alaska has some hundred million acres to manage; Aleuts, Eskimos and Indians together own just 1/9 of the entire Alaska territory.
Yukon is well known for gold and the period of 1890 was the time of gold rush. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of miners who went to Alaska to find the gold mines. This is something that Alaska is known for even today. In the World War II, parts of Alaska (Agattu, Kiska and Attu) were occupied by Japanese armed forces.
If you want to visit Alaska, you will find this land very beautiful. This destination is different from other destinations in many ways. There are many beautiful sites to be seen and the entire land is rather peaceful and great for a real vacation. If you go to the official Alaska web site, you will find the section for visitors. Here you can read very useful information and all you need to know if you want to visit Alaska. There is also a section for those who want to come to live here. All the services you need are listed here and everything is well explained. People who want to find the job and move to Alaska can get all the help they need.