Voyaged towards America. Found Southern coast of Alaska. Discovered Aleutian Islands on his journey back. Thought to have died of scurvy, but post-mortem says otherwise. Died on Bering Island which was named after him.
James Cook discovered a lot on his voyage to Alaska. He discovered Sitka Sound, Baranof Island, Prince William Sound (which was named after the kings son), Kodiak Island and much more. Cook was in search of the Northwest passage.
First Permanent Russia Alaska Settlement
1790 - 1867
1790 - 1818
Last Frontier Purchase
Seward bought Alaska for $7.2 million. Alaska was mostly unexplored. People though he was making a mistake. Called it "Seward's Folly". Increased the size of America by almost 20%.
1867 - 1959
Klondike Gold Rush
1897 - 1899
About 100,000 prospectors headed this way to strike at rich. Only about 30,00 to 40,000 made it here and only about 4,000 managed to find gold. It ended when gold was found in Nome.
Territorial Organic Act of 1912
WWII in Alaska
1941 - 1945
1959 - 12/21/2012
Alaska reached another milestone in 1959 when it became the 49th state of America. It took a few years and was heavily debated in D.C. The big concern was whether or not Alaska could afford to be. With all of our gold, and oil, I don't think its much of a problem.
Alaska Arctic Wildlife Refuge
After Alaska finished the pipeline and got oil it decided to take a percentage of the money it makes on the oil and set it aside for future generations who might not have the oil as a resource.