Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Seward's Icebox

Ever wonder why Alaska is part of the USA and not part of Canada?  Ever wonder why some people take the long view, and some the short view?  Even though the US bought Alaska from the Russian Empire for 1.9¢ per acre, some Americans complained even about that. There's just no pleasing everyone.  The Russians figured the British Empire would grab it, so why not make some money off it while they still could?  Exactly why Napoleon sold the Louisiana Territory to the USA earlier in the nineteenth century. Anyone but the British!

More on William Henry Seward, Sr. (1801-1872) and his Auburn, New York home in the next post.

Today's Rune: Defense.


the walking man said...

Though I appreciate the historical perspective of the policy of containing the burgeoning British Empire I find it extremely arrogant of the French and the Russians thinking that those were their lands to sell.

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ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

American history.

Most people living in the now, have no idea.

Distributorcap said...

seward's folly remember - meanwhile it was one of the best investments the US ever made - except Sarah Palin of course, that is a disaster