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The Purchase of Alaska

            The purchase of Alaska was influenced by a few important intersecting issues. Russia was selling off assets to pay its debts; there was the fear of conquest by a stronger nation, whether the US or Britain, and there was the over-trapping of sea otters to their near extinction. In… Continue reading The Purchase of Alaska

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The Story of Rupert’s Land: Part 1 From Fur Trade To Rebellion

Britain’s claim of Rupert’s Land by the Doctrine of Discovery, proved to be one of their most lucrative investment opportunities for the fur trade. That led to expansion of colonization into the heart of North America, giving rise to a level of agricultural production never seen before. Eventually, the purchase of Rupert’s Land by Canada… Continue reading The Story of Rupert’s Land: Part 1 From Fur Trade To Rebellion