What is the nickname for Alaska?
#4274. Asked by Maggie. (Jul 15 00 12:19 PM)
NICKNAME: LAST FRONTIER|
Official Abbreviation - AK
Capital - Juneau
Admitted On - January 3, 1959
State Flower - Forget-me-not
State Bird - Willow Ptarmigan
This is from Encyclopaedia Britanica -- When it became the 49th state on Jan. 3, 1959, Alaska increased the nation's size by nearly 20 percent. The new area included vast stretches of unexplored land and untapped resources. At the time Secretary of State William H. Seward negotiated its purchase from Russia in 1867, however, Alaska was known as Seward's Folly. Its settlement and exploitation have been hindered by its distance from the rest of the nation and by geographic and climatic impediments to travel and communications; Alaska continues to be the country's last frontier. More than half of the state's inhabitants live in the Greater Anchorage area.
Additionally, Alaska has a history of nicknames:|
Seward's Folly: When the agreement to purchase the Alaska territory from Russia was struck in 1867 by Secretary of State William H. Seward, there were many in the lower 48 states, who looked upon the deal with skepticism and were critical of the secrecy that had surrounded it and of the high price tag.
Seward's Ice Box: The is a derisive name given to the Alaska territory during the battle between Secretary of State William H. Seward and the United States Congress over the purchase of the land from Russia.
Other satirical names were "Icebergia," "Polaria," and "Walrussia."
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