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Image description: On August 1, 1868, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia with this check for $7.2 million. For less than 2 cents an acre, the United States acquired nearly 600,000 square miles.
On January 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state. Learn more about the purchase of Alaska.
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Image description: On August 1, 1868, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia with this check for $7.2 million. For less than 2 cents an acre, the United States acquired nearly 600,000 square miles.

On January 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state. Learn more about the purchase of Alaska.

Photo from the National Archives