The biggest state in territory of the United States, Alaska was admitted to the association as Alaska in 1959, and lies at the extraordinary northwest of the North American landmass. Obtained by the United States in 1867, the domain was named "Seward's Folly" after U.S. Secretary of State William Seward, who orchestrated to buy the land from Russia. Pundits of the buy trusted that the land had nothing to offer, yet the disclosure of gold in the 1890s made a charge of miners and pilgrims.
The Frozen North is limited by the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean toward the north; Canada's Yukon Territory and British Columbia region toward the east; the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean toward the south; the Bering Strait and the Bering Sea toward the west; and the Chukchi Sea toward the northwest. The capital is Juneau.