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'''1959:''' (January 3,) Alaska became a state.  
 
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An especially helpful source for studying the history of Alaska is William R. Hunt, ''Alaska: A Bicentennial History'' (New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1976; FHL book 979.8 H2hu).  
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An especially helpful source for studying the history of Alaska is William R. Hunt, ''Alaska: A Bicentennial History'' (New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1976; Family History Library book 979.8 H2hu).  
  
 
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[[Category:Alaska]]
 
[[Category:Alaska]]

Revision as of 19:39, 15 August 2008

The following important events in the history of Alaska affected political boundaries, record keeping, and family movements.

1741: Discovered by Vertus Bering, a Dane working for Russia.

1783: Russian fur traders established the first white settlement on Kodiak Island.

1804: Sitka was permanently founded by the Russians. It served as Alaska's capital until 1906, when the capital was moved to Juneau.

1824-1828: In treaties with the United States and Great Britain, Russia agreed to recognize latitude 54° 40 N as Alaska's southern boundary and longitude 141° W as the eastern boundary. Further boundary adjustments between Alaska and British Columbia were made in 1903.

1867: (October 18)The United States purchased Alaska from Russia.

1884: Congress passed the first Organic Act, providing a governor and federal courts for Alaska. May 17, 1867 Alaska became a territory.

1896: The Klondike gold strike started a rush to the Canadian Yukon Territory. Gold was discovered at Nome in 1899 and at Fairbanks in 1902.

1912: Congress passed the second Organic Act, establishing Alaska as a U.S. territory and providing for a territorial legislature.

1959: (January 3,) Alaska became a state.

An especially helpful source for studying the history of Alaska is William R. Hunt, Alaska: A Bicentennial History (New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1976; Family History Library book 979.8 H2hu).

Web Sites

http://fairbanks-alaska.com/alaska-history.htm

http://kodiakisland.net/timeline.html

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108178.html

http://www.akhistorycourse.org/