Why did Russia sell Alaska to America? (Short Animated Documentary)

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In this episode we'll discuss why the Russian Empire opted to sell Alaska to the United States and for what amount.

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It's crazy to think at one point, Russia was part of Europe, Asia, and North America.

Author — Arvin Lim

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Alaska: we are the biggest state in the USA!

Texas: you’re adopted

Author — OreoFuffMcduff

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"Russia and America, friends forever!"

Tragic.

Author — MisterCynic18

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There was also a key factor: the Czar was a friend of the United States. During the Civil War, England and Germany wanted to intervene on the side of the Confederates, seeing an opportunity to gain land and resources in America. The Czar let them know that in the event they intervened, Russia would enter the war on the side of the Union.

Author — StillFreeinVT

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I like the scene where Russia and America run on a field of flowers like best friends.

Author — Pain

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When you realize that it would cost more to make a Hollywood movie about the Alaska purchase then the actual Alaska purchase

Author — Tomer Pilo

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FYI:
$7.2 million in 1867 is worth about $127 million today

Author — Aedan O’Kelly

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Russia: sells Alaska because thought was a lump of snow
USA: finds oil
Russia: O_O

Author — IinoiceiI GD

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James bizentte: heard this name more than my own sons

Author — Can G

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"The Russian Empire was keen to keep up good relations with the Americans."
*wish we could turn back time, to the good old days*

Author — DISTurbedwaffle918

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2:07 Russian Empire & the United States - "friends forever"

*sheds a single tear*

Author — Heath

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I remember getting into arguments with people when I moved to the lower 48 from Alaska about Alaska being a state and not a separate country, not being an island next to Hawaii and also it being bigger than Texas. Among other stupid assumptions lol. People would see those pull down maps in class and believe that it was exactly like that lol

Author — Jaymay

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USA: *Finds oil in Alaska*
Russia: "This has been the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, maybe ever!"

Author — Carl

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Imagine what the Soviet Union could’ve done if it had Alaska during the Cold

Author — KING

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What's amazing to me is how much land the US simply purchased. Is there any existing nation that's done anything like this? Or any nation in history that came anywhere close to buying this much land? US made two huge purchases that are each like 5-6 times bigger than your average country.

The US was absurdly lucky in being at just the right place in just the right time. Didn't even really cost anything. Purchase price couldve been 1000x more and still be worth it.

Author — gothen mosph

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”Russia had approached the US in the early 1860s regarding a purchase, but they were undergoing this little known event called the American civil war and so were a bit busy” 😂 love the “Later” sign!!!

Author — Mikael Rosell

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NATIVE AMERICANS BE LIKE: "YOU GUYS ARE GETTING PAID"

Author — Ali Imran

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Alternate history is so interesting. Imagine if one key event, like the crimean war, had gone another way. Imagine the ramifications for the rest of human history. Crazy stuff.

Author — Mr. Bowtie

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I imagine the USA sent the pawn stars guy to negotiate on their behalf

Author — CHNWA

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This just shows you don’t need a 20 minute video with five ads in between to answer one question.

Author — Alexander Rivera