By Nigel Hicks

Even if recognizing a moose preventing site visitors in Anchorage or exploring Alaska's wonderful glacier-lined coast by way of cruise send, the final Frontier is bound to exceed all expectancies. whole with 3D mapping, huge inn and eating place choices, guided walks and evocative images, this is often the main colourful and finished advisor to Alaska out there. permit DK Eyewitness trip courses Alaska be your making plans reduction, spouse and memento as you adventure the richness of our northernmost kingdom. comprises appealing new complete colour pictures, illustrations, and improved maps broad info on neighborhood customs, forex, scientific providers and transportation is helping tourists make a decision at a look which areas are most suitable to their journey.

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Semyon Dezhnev, the first Russian in the region, saw the Bering Strait in 1648 and reported that a “great land” existed to the east. He was followed in 1728 by Vitus Bering, a Dane sailing for Tsar Peter the Great. Sailing through the Bering Strait, he claimed the land for the Russian Empire. In 1741, Bering set out on another voyage, with Alexei Chirikov as the commander of the second vessel. Chirikov landed on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska, paving the way for the eventual establishment of Russian America.

53 Tents served as home to prospectors in the northern wilderness, and tent cities sprang up around major discoveries. Gold Rush literature includes the works of Robert Service (see pp200–1). Known as the “Bard of the Yukon,” Service immortalized this era with his poetry, which includes “The Spell of the Yukon,” “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” and “The Call of the Wild,” which are popular even today. GOLD PANNING In the river valleys of Interior Alaska and the Klondike, prospectors staked claims and set up operations to extract placer gold, particles of gold found in alluvial or glacial deposits concentrated in wilderness streams.

He was also authorized to began to lose enthusiasm make Sitka the seat of colo- William H. Seward, US for its distant and increasSecretary of State nial government. Just two ingly unproductive colony. years later, the Russian fort In 1859, Tsar Alexander II at Sitka was attacked and destroyed authorized his agent, Baron Edward by Tlingit protesting their forced de Stoeckl, to negotiate the sale of allegiance to the tsar. Despite the Alaska to the United States. Initially, Congress was reluctant to defeat, the Russians returned in 1804 and Sitka was rebuilt as a veritable consider the purchase, especially stockade.

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