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Defending it would have required a major Pacific fleet which they did not have and could not afford to create at the time. More land they did not need and the price was right in their estimation.

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Russia did not want to spend the money that would be needed to secure Alaska but they did not want to sell it to the British and strengthen them. Russia had been at war with Britain so they sold it to the American government.

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Q: Why did Russia sell Alaska to us?

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A: The Russian Empire discovered Alaska somewhere in the 1800's. At this particular time, every country in the world was extremely poor and had harsh challenges like, exploring new worlds, finding new supplies, and did not even good enough technologies. The world struggled from the Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. The Russians suffered deeply from this. So, they sold Alaska to the Americans to gain more richness in their country. Today, Russia's land expansion is two to three times larger than America. Which leads them to the wealthiest country in the world. America and China are tied up with each other today. Russia has a poor economy still, because of their government. Their government overtakes thousands of homes and houses today. Russia has a harsh government in the past decade.

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Many people, at the time, thought that it was a stupid decision on Secretary of State William H. Seward's part, which started the name Seward's Folly. His idea, though, was when Alaska was purchased, it would lead to being able to expand the US borders even wider by allowing the US to take over get Canada, too.

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Russia did not give Alaska to the US. Alaska's location was the most eastern part of their huge nation. Alaska was a large cold place, parts of it were above the Arctic Circle. Secretary Seward negotiated a good deal with the Russians to buy Alaska for about $7.2 million. Many Americans laughed at the idea of purchasing this "albatross", however it turned out to be a great deal for the US.

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Q: Why did Russia sell Alaska to the US?

A: Because the Russians were generous and gave it to us. We officially made a state in 1959.

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Who convinced russia to sell Alaska to the us?

Q: Who convinced Russia to sell Alaska to the U.S.A? C: Easy question to answer A: Themselves


Did Canada sell Alaska in 1962?

No, Alaska was bought from Russia in 1867


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No he negotiated Alaska's purchase from Russia.


When did Russia sell Alaska to the US?

In 1867.


Did Canada sell Alaska?

No, Russia sold it to USA.


Did Russia sell Alaska to the United States is 1867?

Yes. The Russians offered to sell Alaska in 1854. Then William Seward bought Alaska in 1867 for 2 cents an acre.


Who convinced Russia to sell Alaska to the United States?

William Howard Seward.


When did Canada sell Alaska to US?

Canada didn't sell it to the US; Russia did. Canada owned it first, then Russia, now the US. Russia found it useless and hard to get to because of the water body that separated it from Russia.


What did William Henry Seward want to do in the 1900?

Increase the territory of the united States (AT&T)


Why did Russia sell Alaska for 7.2 million?

Russia economy was going down so they had to sell it to make more money and they got their country expanded and now it is the biggest country in the world


Did the us expand to Alaska?

The US purchased Alaska, the Alaska Purchase, in 1867. It was bought by the US because Russia wanted to sell it fearing it would be seized if was broke out with Britain.


Did Alaska own Russia?

No. But Russia owned Alaska.