Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the sale of Alaska from Russia to the United States – the famous “Seward’s Folly” of purchasing Alaska for 7.2 million dollars, about 15 billion today. There have been lots of articles out there on this event, so those of you who’d like to know more here are some interesting links:
- For the history of Alaska, Wikipedia is a good start
- Sitka’s home page on the sesquicentennial
- New York Times article on how “Russians have second thoughts”…
- NPR interview
To mark 150 years, here are 15 of our favorite photos that we’ve taken of The Last Frontier:
11 thoughts on “Alaska’s 150th”
Lovely work. We have only sailed to SE but loved it! Tell us more about Williwaw Cove.
Thank you! I think the photo you are referring to is the one of Castle Cape? The caption was left over from a post I wrote in 2014 about our trip west out the Alaska Peninsula. We had been sailing in a gale and wanted a rest and thought we might pull into a cove we saw on our chart. Unfortunately our chart didn’t have the land topography well-marked and the cove turned out to be walled on three sides with very high cliffs. The NW wind accelerated down them to create fierce katabatic winds – from a distance the spume they got up looked like an enormous pod of spouting whales, but we quickly realized it wasn’t whales. Needless to say, we carried on at sea. And we were well rewarded – the gale died down and I got a stunning show of northern lights at the end of my night-watch around 5am. I love moments like those at sea.
You have some amazing photos in this collection. It really shows the diversity of wildlife and landscapes in Alaska.
Thank you, Jeff! I’ve really enjoyed the photos you’ve had of Alaska as well, and of course all the beautiful images of Thailand more recently.
Absolutely gorgeous photos!
Thank you, Sandra! Glad you enjoyed them!
I like the photos much better than the articles;-) Seriously, though, these were a great treat treat. Thanks!
Thanks very much! Is it immodest to agree??
Just so beautiful – and amazing.
Isn’t it? I just love Alaska 🙂
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