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    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
    • Take a Virtual Journey to Majestic Alaska
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    Alaska was discovered August 21, 1732, when the first European vessel that belonged to Russian military geodesist Mihail Gvozdev reached the territory.

    March 30 marked the 150th anniversary since Russia sold Alaska to the United States. Check out some interesting facts and gain some insight into what life is like nowadays in Russia's former North American territory in Sputnik’s photo gallery.

    On March 30, 1867, a total of 1,519,000 square kilometers was sold for 7.2 million dollars in gold, which was about 4.74 dollars per square kilometer. Interestingly, many Russians believed that Russia didn't transfer the ownership of the land to the US, but leased it on a long-term basis. A great deal of confusion existed about the cost of the deal as well, with many believing that the sum was far less.

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