I’m enjoying my second trip to Seward’s Folly this week. Let me tell you, our 49th state is stunning. Mr. Seward has been redeemed. Yes, it produces buckets of oil, but it is Alaska’s pristine beauty my wife and I are so enjoying this week. The tundra in this Southwest corner of Alaska is stark and cold, but beautiful in its own way.

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The year was 1867.

Russia’s biggest rival was England. Russia owned a huge chunk of land they called Russian America. It was land that would be difficult to defend in a war with England., whom they had already fought in the Crimean War. England had a base in British Columbia in close proximity to Russian America.

What should Russia do?

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