On this day in 1867 the United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. This day is celebrated annually, in the state of Alaska, and it is conveniently called Alaska Day. I read something about this yesterday that said something along the lines of the cost of this purchase came out to .2 cents per acre. Heck, I’d pay double or even triple that for some land right now. Do I have any takers?
I also noticed that a mere 31 years later, in 1898, the United States also took possession of Puerto Rico. I guess Florida wasn’t warm enough during the winter months. One of the differences between Puerto Rico and Alaska is that Puerto Rico isn’t a State. (I know you realize this, trust me I’m going somewhere.) Even with them not being a State they did become U.S. citizens in 1917. There is one thing that they have we don’t. They are not allowed to vote in Presidential Elections. Can you imagine that freedom? (Do I really need to state that this is a joke? I hope not.)
Does this make anyone else want to be a duck? Or Goose? Tag, your it.