Why did Russia sell Alaska to the United States ?

Bankrupt – Fear of losing Alaska to Great Britain

  • The Alaska Purchase was the United States’ acquisition of Alaska from the Russian Empire in 1867 by a treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate.Russia wanted to sell its Alaskan territory, fearing that it might be seized if war broke out with Britain.
  • Russia was in a difficult financial position and feared losing Russian America without compensation in some future conflict, especially to the British, whom they had fought in the Crimean War (1853–1856). the Russian emperor Alexander II decided to sell the territory.


Purchase of Alaska Document and Check

Alaska Purchase Check

Purchasing Alaska


Seward's Folly

Russia's Position

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