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A Brief Alaska History ...



The fishing vacation of your dreams awaits! This year or maybe next year. A brief Alaska history, some background information about Alaska and its culture, will certainly help you planning your Alaska fishing trip.

I am sure, Alaska is certainly one of the special places on earth. It is a land of breathtaking crystal glaciers and huge ice-capped mountains, vast landscapes, steep and rocky coastline and incredible wildlife. Reading books about Alaska, makes me feel the history of this state. Its numerous outstanding features lure people from every corner of the world.

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OK ... here's a brief Alaska history ...

Did you know, that …

• In the prehistoric time people coming across the Bering Land Bridge occupied the land of Alaska?

• Alaska witnessed various tribes such as Inupiaq, Intuit, Yupik Eskimos and other American Indian groups settling in the region?

• Vitus Bering, a Dane working for the Russians, and Aleksei Chirikov discovered the Alaskan mainland in 1741?

• In the 18th century the British, Spanish and French were exploring the coast of Alaska? And that the unregulated exploitation of the fur resources led to the killing and enslavement of the peaceful Aleut natives?

• The cost of administering the Alaska territory put a significant drain on the Russian homeland? This cost and the disappearance of the sea otter and fur trade brought about the Russians trying to interest the United States in purchasing Alaska in 1859. The formal transfer of the Territory was made at Sitka on October 18, 1867.

• In 1896 the discovery of gold in the Yukon Territory of Canada and the Gold Rush of 1898 resulted in a mass influx of more than 30,000 people? This brought thousands of gold seekers through Alaska on their way to the gold fields.

• By the turn of the 20th century, commercial fishing was gaining a foothold in the Aleutian Islands?

• In the second half of the 20th century, Alaska discovered tourism as an important source of revenue? Tourism became popular after World War II, when men stationed in the region returned home praising its natural splendor.

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Wow … what a rich history! And there is much more than this brief Alaska history tells you.

Let me say you a final thing about Alaska’s territory.

Did you know, that…

With an area of 1,477,261 square kilometers Alaska is the largest state of the United States? Its area is twice that of the next second largest state, Texas. So, plenty of space to enjoy your fishing vacation!

OK … You have some background now. This brief Alaska history helps.

Oh ... you have a final question? What does “Alaska” mean? Superb question!

The name "Alaska" is most likely derived from the Aleut word Alyaeska, meaning greater land as opposed to the Aleut word Aleutia, meaning lesser land. To the Aleuts, this distinction was a linguistic variation distinguishing the mainland from an island.

That's it.

You can tell this brief Alaska history to your children as well, in a way they understand! Click here for information on Alaska for kids.


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