"Russia was in a difficult ...

“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)”

Will the history repeat itself and Russia be forced to sell some land because of war about Crimea?

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Why did Russia sell Alaska to the Americans in 1867?

Answer (1 of 109): There are multiple reasons behind this.

Russians started to settle Alaska in 1784, setting up trading posts and churches, mostly along the coast. Alaska grew us a major port in North America. Russia however, lacked the financial resources to support major settlements or a mili…

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