- Alaska, northernmost and westernmost state of the
United States, and the largest state of the
Union. It occupies the extreme northwestern
region of the North American continent and is
separated from Asia by the 82-km (51-mi) wide
- Alaska has belonged to the United States since
1867, when it was bought from Russia by Secretary
of State William H. Seward. The United States
paid Russia $7.2 million for the rights of the
Russian American Company in Alask.
- Anchorage is Alaska's largest city, followed by
Fairbanks and then Juneau, the state capital.