Alaska: New Year in the Largest US State
In many countries, there is now a growing interest in Alaska, the nature of which suggests that Santa Claus, along with gifts and wonders, may well migrate from Lapland to these parts.
The classics of the genre – to go to the winter holidays in Christmas Europe – have been tried many times by many Russians, as well as trips to Southeast Asia and Latin America in pursuit of the sun and warm sea. Alaska is gradually becoming a new center of attraction during the New Year holidays. These lands attracted the attention of the whole world during the opening of gold mines both in the 19th century and today, when many Americans and foreigners flock to the state for both tourism and work purposes – this is where a rare combination of untouched nature and a large number of jobs .
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Alaska was discovered by the Russian expedition in the world in 1732, while until the end of the century it was mastered by private individuals, and only in 1799 the Russian-American company, a monopoly specially established for these parts, took up this region. At the time of the sale of Alaska by the United States, about 2,500 Russians and 60,000 Indians and Eskimos lived in the territory, mainly engaged in fur.
On March 30, 1867, the sale of Russian Alaska took place – Russian ambassador of Austrian origin Eduard Stekl signed a sale agreement and received a check for $ 7.2 million. Historians argue that it was Stekl, who was indifferent to the interests of Russia, who persuaded Alexander II to this event. Some sources claim that the amount of the transaction has not reached Russia, according to other sources – the funds were spent on the development of railway transport in the country.
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Today, Alaska is the largest US state in the north of the country, which borders Russia by sea in the west and Canada in the east, covering an area of over 1.7 million square kilometers. The capital of Juneau was founded shortly after the transition of these lands to the American flag in 1881, when gold deposits were discovered in Alaska, then oil and gas, diamonds and platinum were discovered in large quantities here. Thanks to these natural resources, Alaska has become one of the richest states.
There are active volcanoes here, which sometimes give rise to new valleys, sometimes forming whole valleys, covered with ashes – the Valley of Ten Thousands of Smokes became the most famous. Alaska is famous for its picturesque nature: in addition to mountains and pristine forests, there are more than 3 million lakes and 3,000 rivers in the territory, the tundra covers the northern part of the state, and forests grow in the south. But it was on the territory of this state in 1964 that the strongest earthquake in US history was recorded, as a result of which 115 people died, and it took ten years to restore the destruction.
The territory of Alaska is characterized by a diverse climate: while Anchorage has stable mild, calm and warm summers, then in Ferbensk, located in another part of the state, it is frosty and dry in winter, but very hot in summer.
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In Juneau, the capital of Alaska, located on the border with Canada, today 30,000 people live, while the number of southern Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, exceeds 300,000. The active development of Juneau was completed in the early 30s of the last century, and when Alaska acquired the status of a state, this city was proclaimed its capital, which greatly contributed to the further growth in the number of citizens. The next influx of people came in the 70s, when the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline was under construction, but in the 80s the growth of new residents in the city stopped. 90% of the capital is from forests, mountains and taiga, so the decline in its popularity is easily explained. But the city is actively working in the tourism sector, since from May to September cruise ships stop in Juneau, which brings tangible income to local residents.
Anchorage, which was founded in 1915, today houses the main offices of large US oil and coal companies, making this city a leader in the state’s real estate market – about 42% of Alaska’s population lives here, second only to New York in this indicator. In the 1920s, a railway was built here, on the basis of which the city’s economy developed. Then air transportation of goods and military equipment appeared, in the 30s an airfield was opened, and in the 40s the US Air Force base “Elmenford” was built. In 1951, an international airport began to work in Anchorage, thanks to which new residents from many corners of the earth arrive in the city. Now Anchorage is called the “city of light” in the winter and the “city of flowers” in the summer. Surrounded by mountains and the third largest park in the USA, there are numerous museums, galleries, the world center of hydroplanes, as well as ski centers.
Fans of breathtaking views from the window can purchase in Anchorage new apartments with a size of 100-150 square meters with two bedrooms for 300,000 – 500,000 dollars. As elsewhere, pricing depends on the size of the building’s housing, its location.