2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Cession. America’s purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 constitutes the single largest addition to the United States after the Louisiana Purchase. For $7.2 million — two cents an acre — American Secretary of State William H. Seward arranged for his country to acquire 663,000 square miles of North American territory from Tsar Alexander II of Russia.
Who were these powerful men? What were their motives? And where did the sale of Alaska fit into the context of their other accomplishments?
Longtime Alaska reporter Michael Dunham has written a pair of short biographies that succinctly tell the stories of two of the most important statesmen in the 19th century and the politics surrounding their treaty, the most important event in Alaska history. Join Michael for a lively discussion of these key players and one of the most significant political and real estate events in Alaskan history.