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12 Jul 2017 6:25 a.m. PST
by Editor Gwen

  • Changed title from "Why didnít Russia offer Alaska to a neighbouring country,.." to "Why didnít Russia offer Alaska to a neighbouring country..."

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2017 11:42 a.m. PST


"From 1725, when Russian Czar Peter the Great sent Vit≠us Bering to explore the Alaskan coast, Russia started to focus on the reg≠ion. So it surprised no-one that into the C19th, Russian Alaska be≠came a centre of international trade. Russian merchants were drawn to Alaska for the treasured walrus iv≠ory and the valuable sea otter fur, acquired by trading with the reg≠ion's indig≠enous peoples. The Russian-American Company/RAC, Russia's first joint-stock company, was started by C18th Russian businessmen, risk-taking travellers and entre≠preneurs.

Like the East India Co. and the Hudson Bay Co. in Canada, the RAC controlled all of Alaska's mines and minerals and could in≠dep≠end≠ently enter into trade agree≠ments with other count≠ries. These privileges were granted by the Russian imperial govern≠ment and in return, the govern≠ment collected massive taxes from the com≠pany. Even the tsars and their family members were among the share-holders…"


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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2017 12:24 p.m. PST

Well, given that at the time the Russians and Americans were negotiating Canada was not a country yet, that might have had something to do with it – when the transfer formally took place Canada had been a country for just about five months

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2017 1:08 p.m. PST

The Russian and British Empires were rivals. Crimea. "The great game", etc.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Jul 2017 9:15 a.m. PST

Yes, that sounds right -- the Americans were seen as less of a potential threat than British Canada.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2017 10:37 a.m. PST

Five months?…. this could change many things!…


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