Alaska Timeline

Events

Russians land in Alaska - Aleutian islands

1741

Russian Fur Trading

1743 - 1799

Spain Explores Pacific

1774 - 1793

Russians built trading post in Sitka

1799

Tlingits destroy Russian trading post

1802

Russians occupy Sitka

1804

Yakov Netsvetov designs Yupic writing system and translates books

1842

Petropavlovsk Seminary relocated in Sitka-renamed the New Archangel Seminary

1845

Opened with 54 students, 3 teachers, & library. Curriculum was 6 years of Aleut, Tlingit, and Yupik

America purchases Alaska

1867

Gold Discovered Near Sitka

1872

Amanda McFarland opened girls school in Wrangell

1878 - 1889

Sarah Dickinson starts school for Chilkat Tlingits

1880 - 1887

After translating for 12 years

Gold in Juneau

1880

Population grew to 1,200 in a decade

First Alaska Cruise

1883

Due to John Muir's writing of Glacier bay to San Francisco

Organic Act Started by Sheldon Jackson

1884

Brought civil government and provided public education. Gave natives education.

Tillie Paul made assistant matron at the Sitka Industrial Training School

1890

Worked and taught their language at English school

Frances Willard as assistant teacher at the Sitka Industrial Training School

1890

The first Alaskan with sufficient training and education to be considered competent to take charge of a school

Oil Discovered in Cook Inlet

1896

Klondike Gold Rush

1896 - 1900

U.S. government closes the Orthodox school on St. Paul Island by force

1921

Tlingit-Haida Jurisdictional Action

1935

Indian reservations protect indian land

1936

Japanese capture two Aleutian Islands

1942

Mount Edgecumbe opens

1947

Alaska becomes a state

January 3, 1959

Wilderness Act

1964

Good Friday Earthquake

1964

Native Land Claims

1971

Trans-Alaska Pipeline

1977

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

1989

Sarah Palin runs for Vice President

2008