Did Russia really own Alaska?
When the Russia Empire colonized North America
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Few realize that Russia established colonies in North America. But it's a fact that in the mid-18th century, Russia had begun encroaching into Alaskan territory. Eventually, the Russian Empire even had a toehold as far south as California. Fueling this expansion was the Russian-American Company, a trading monopoly centered on the lucrative fur trade. But how exactly did the Russians settle in Alaska, and why did they feel compelled to venture beyond those chilly climes?
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