Alaska

North to the Future

HISTORY

Alaska is the largest state in the United States. It was purchased by U.S. Secretary of State, William Seward, who bought it from Russia. Critics of his purchase said that the land had nothing, and was just a big tundra. However they were wrong, lots of gold and oil was discovered in Alaska. It was admitted as the forty-ninth in 1959.
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The Flag

The blue field in the background represents the sky, sea, mountain lakes, and the wildflowers. There are eight gold stars on the flag. Seven are from the constellation Ursa Major, also known as the Big Dipper. The eighth star represents the North star, this is because Alaska is the state that's the highest north. The flag was designed by a Bennie Benson, a 13-year old Native American boy, in 1926.

State Facts

Abbreviation- AK

Capital- Juneau

Largest City- Anchorage Population 300,950 people

Area- 663,300 square miles

Population- 736,732 people

Resident Name- Alaskan

Nickname- The Last Frontier

Motto- North to the future

Song- Alaska's Flag by Marie Drake

Juneau, Alaska

Before the town got its official name it was called Harrisburg, after the man Richard Harris. He was soon dislike by the locals, who now placed their trust in a man named Joe Juneau. People soon discovered gold here, and a rush of miners came to town. Before this mine closed in 1944, it produced $80 million in gold.


There are many things you can do while you are in Juneau. One of the most popular is to see the glaciers there. Juneau's glaciers are as old as the last ice age. There are 38 glaciers in the Juneau ice-field, and the most famous one is the Mendenhall Glacier.

Other fun things you can do in Juneau are wildlife viewing, whale watching, and other outdoor activities.

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, is home to 41% of the state's population. It reaches out from Portage Glacier all the way to Eklutna, which makes it about the size of Delaware, 1,961 square miles. One of the cool things about Anchorage is that there is no sales tax, which makes shopping very easy there. In Anchorage there are plenty of fun things to do to keep you entertained. You can go to a national park, visit the Chugach, see Alaska native cultures, go on a wildlife viewing trip, or walk along a nature trail.
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Physical Characteristics

In Alaska, there are a lot of mountains, hills, valleys, and rivers. It is the biggest state in the United States. It is located at 64.0000° N, 150.0000° W.

Famous People

Although there are very few famous people from Alaska, we can still find some. The Palins, a well known family throughout America, have lived there for many years.

Economics

The top job supplier in Alaska is the petroleum sector. It supplies 34% of Alaskans jobs. The second top job supplier is tourism. Since, Alaska is not really a preferable place to live, people choose to go there on vacation instead. And it has a lot of amazing land forms to see, and fun activities to do.
Fishing in Alaska has a great impact on the economy, because in all there is 34,000 miles of coastline in Alaska alone. Alaska is also home to about 3,000 rivers and over 3 million lakes.

Politics and Education

Alaska's Governor- Bill Walker

Senators- Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski

Representative- Donald Young

Public Schools in Alaska have a high ranking status compared to the rest of the U.S. The Anchorage Public School District's ACT and SAT's scores typically rank higher than the nation average. There are many different sports for students to play like football, basketball, volleyball, cross-country skiing, and many more. There are also many Universities and Technical Colleges for people who want to pursue a higher education in the state.

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Social Issues

One of the major social issues is that many of the Native Alaskan's are facing many serious problems. They are in a state of "cultural confusion, and they are economically unstable" according to futuresearch.net. They also say that treatment of substance abuse, suicide, child abuse, and other serious problems have been put aside which has had a bad impact on the culture.

Cool Fact

If you've ever seen the movie Brother Bear you already know of some famous places in Alaska. The three brothers in the movie, Kenai, Denahi, and Sitka, are the names of three popular tourist destinations in Alaska. (Denahi=Denali)

(Sitka, may also be familiar because that is where the movie The Proposal was filmed.)