A little about Sitka
Situated on Baranof Island on the outer waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage, accessible by air & sea. Views of Island-studded waters, stately spruce forests, jagged mountains & a towering volcano surround Alaska's most beautiful seaside town.
The history of Sitka
The current name Sitka (derived from Sheet’ká, a contraction of the Tlingit Shee At'iká) means "People on the Outside of Baranof Island". Sitka's location was originally settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago. Sitka was the site of the transfer ceremony for the Alaska purchase on October 18, 1867. Russia was going through economic and political turmoil after it lost the Crimean War to Britain, France, and Turkey in 1856 and decided it wanted to sell Alaska before it got taken over by Britain. Russia offered to sell it to the United States. Secretary of State William Seward had wanted to purchase Alaska for quite some time as he saw it as an integral part of Manifest Destiny and America's reach to the Pacific Ocean. While the agreement to purchase Alaska was made in April 1867, the actual purchase and transfer of power took place on October 18, 1867. The cost to purchase Alaska was $7.2 million.
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