What did the United States buy for $7.2 million in 1867?

What did the United States buy for $7.2 million in 1867?

  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Puerto Rico
  • Alaska

Answer: On this day in 1867, the U.S. formally took possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward, the enthusiasticly expansionist secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson. At the time, critics thought Seward was crazy and called the deal "Seward’s folly." The Senate ratified the treaty that approved the purchase by just one vote.

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