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October 18, 2012 – Summer and Winter Homes

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?

Mount McKinley, or Denali, in Alaska is the hi...
Mount McKinley, or Denali, in Alaska is the highest mountain peak of the United States and North America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.)

Corcho Beach in Vieques island, Puerto Rico.
Corcho Beach in Vieques island, Puerto Rico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does this make anyone else want to be a duck? Or Goose? Tag, your it.

12 thoughts on “October 18, 2012 – Summer and Winter Homes

  1. Gosh, I didn’t realize Alaska was such a cheap purchase. I wonder if Russia ever regrets that sale? I think that America was being a little OCD and just wanted to get to an even 50 so they were like, “I guess we can take that land mass and do something with it?” Yeah, Alaska and Hawaii were strictly to give us 50. It just sounds more substantial, right?

    1. No problem. I think the settling of New York is very interesting. Seeing how it’s grown over the years. I’ll have to check out that beads thing. Did anyone have to flash anyone at the time?

    1. Oh wow, thanks. He is crazy smart, and would murder me at Jeopardy, but you are right about one thing. I am more handsomer. That dude has a website dedicated to his favorite movies of all time. There are 100 of them…for each decade…that movies have been made. He also writes trivia books.

  2. “$7.2 million”—that’s what the Shades of Gray author probably makes in a week. 😉

    Georgeous images, by the way. Wish I had that mountain view outside my window. Of course, that would mean I lived in Alaska, and I’m not to keen on that.

    1. Yep, no Alaska for me either. That Shades of Gray thing is crazy. All we have at our Wal-mart is that, hunger games and twilight in the book isle. I tried looking for the new Albom yesterday and it was gone. Not like sold out, but gone like it wasn’t worth being there anymore.

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