My state is Alaska. The capital of Alaska isJuneau. Juneau wasn't
always the capital of Alaska. When Alaska was sold from Russia to America
it was New Archangle. They changed it in 1900 to Juneau. The motto is "
North to the future", the bird is Willow Ptarmigan, the tree is Sitka Spruce,
the flower is Forget-Me-Not, and the flag has blue in the background with
the bigdipper on the left and the North Star on the top right.
Alaska hangs off of Canada to the west. The closest towns in Canada
to Alaska are Dawson and Mayo. Alaska is also by Russia. The Gulf of
Alaska, Artic Ocean, Chukchi Sea, Berring Sea, Burfort Sea, and Gulf of
Anddyr borders Alaska. There is one big mountain in Alaska. It's called
Mt. Mckinley and was named after President Mckinley. It's the biggest
mountain in North Amarica. There are many rivers and many lakes. The
longest river is the Yukon river. The largest lake is Iliamna Lake. In
Alaska there are thousands of islands. The Aleutain Islands are a string of
islands off the southwest coast. The southeastern part of Alaska also has
many islands. It's called the panhandle. There are plains by the Berring
Sea and the Aritc Ocean. Alaska's mountains and plains were first spotted by
Vitus Bering in 1741. Thats why they call the Bering Sea, the Bering Sea.
When Alaska was owned by Russia there was a compny that sold
otter skins. By the time America owned Alaska only a fraction of the otters
survived. Russia sold Alaska to the U.S.A. in 1854 for $7,200,00. At
that time the American people thought that the purchase was foolish. In time
it became obvious that Alaska was rich in fur, fish, and gold. In1883
Alaska had no government. Finally in 1884 Alaska had a very small
goverment and as time past it got bigger and bigger. Alaska used the laws
of Oregon. In Alaska there was one big goldrush. It was in 1896 in the
Yukon, many people struck it rich, but more were disappointed....