Seward's Bargain: The Alaska Purchase from RussiaCzar's ratification of the Alaska Purchase Treaty. View in National Archives Catalog. When Russia's provocative nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky announced last year  that he wanted Alaska back, it inspired cartoonist Jim Borgman of the Cincinnati Inquirer to depict a worried President Clinton asking the National Archives to find the receipt for the purchase of Alaska. The cartoon was a reminder that in the middle of the nineteenth century there was a potential for conflict because Alaska was the place where Russia's movement east across Siberia and to North America met the westward expansion of the United States. Russia's sale of Alaska to the United States after the Civil War, a story told in documents in the National Archives, eliminated Alaska as a source of conflict between the two world powers.
Every summer a conga line of tourists in campers and RVs chugs the miles from Anchorage, Alaska, to the town Schlecht Machen Homer, a picturesque fishing port with panoramic views of Ebony Teens Thumbs Fat Bootey Bay. About three-quarters of the way into the trip, the travelers descend a hill and cruise into the hamlet of Ninilchik, population That hidden history lives on in a handful of elderly residents who speak a Russian dialect that has been passed down from generation to generation since the village was founded inwhen Alaska was part of the Russian Empire. This tsarist-era version of Russian—along with other Russian customs and habits—remains in use because until the Sterling Highway connected Ninilchik to the outside world inRussian descendants here were largely cut off from other communities. They lived an isolated, subsistence life in which a trip to the nearest trading post meant a mile mush on a dogsled.
For the small group of California natives, that cool, overcast day in March was a forerunner of massive change. They stood there in astonishment as a large sailing ship came to anchor in the little cove beneath their quiet bluff top settlement. For the next few days, they continued to watch as some twenty-five Russians and eighty Alaskans came ashore, set up a temporary camp, and began building houses and a sturdy wooden stockade - the colony and fortification of Ross. The Kashaya people assembled to watch the spectacle had no way of knowing that their hunting and gathering lifestyle would be changed forever. These Russians had come to hunt sea otter, to grow wheat and other crops for the Russian settlements in Alaska, and to trade with Spanish California.
The theme of Russian expansion in the New World and North Pacific in the eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries has repeatedly attracted the attention of Russian and foreign scholars. At the same time, the topic evokes discussion in scholarly historiography as authors frequently adhere to diametrically opposing points of view. In this paper we will investigate the elaboration of plans for Russian territorial expansion in the New World, noting that these plans often were an organic part of larger plans to include the whole North Pacific among the possessions of the Russian Empire. By the beginning of the eighteenth century the authorities in eastern Siberia had begun to obtain more or less reliable information about the unknown lands lying to the east of Chukotka, that is, Alaska. As a result of several exploratory expeditions between and Russian mariners discovered vast territories and numerous islands that became part of so-called Russian America, which included the territory of the present state of Alaska, a small enclave in California Fort Ross , and the Commander Islands off the coast of Kamchatka. From the American possessions of the empire were subject to the monopolistic Russian-American Company RAC , which governed Alaska until when it was sold to the United States Fort Ross had already changed hands in
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Andrews, Sitka: The Chief Factory of the Russian American Company (Caldwell, . in Alaska the shock of change was neither as great nor as rapid. Small. U.S.-Baltic trade rose rapidly from to with New Background studies for early Russian-American relations that cover this topic are by Nikolai Kodiak or Sitka, then shipped to China by way of Siberia or through the port of. Canton. The Tsarist government set before the Russian-American Company the task of great .. In Baranov succeeded in founding on Sitka Island (57° n. lat.) to try to assert by settlements at the 55th degree as forcefully and quickly as possible.
In the tsar established the Russian-American Company and granted it . Seward, hoping for rapid Senate approval of the treaty, wasted no time. They went to San Francisco and then sailed to Sitka for the formal. Sitka, Alaska in The first Russians to come to U.S. territory didn't even have to leave Russia to do so. was concerned about the spread of socialism, and quickly formed organizations to provide aid to their homeland. did not always find a warm welcome when they asked the Russian American community for help . The fur trade was, of course, the raison d'etre of Russian America, just as it had been of Coast. The depletion of sea otters was especially rapid because of the . succeeded. Aleut worked the vegetable gardens at Sitka (New Archangel).