What is now Alaska has been home to various indigenous peoples for thousands of years;
Alaska is a state in the American Union that has a complex history. The state was formerly a part of the Russian Empire and the United States drove the Native population from the state by offering them money to relocate. However, Alaska's natural beauty has helped it reach the ranks of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Alaska was once part of the Russian Empire. The Russian tsar shared his land with more than 200 indigenous groups, most of which were related to one another by blood or marriage. Primarily representing Eastern Europe, Siberia, and Central Asia, these groups migrated to Alaska over centuries from Asia. The first known sighting of Alaska by European explorers occurred in 1586 when Spanish explorer Alonso de Mendoza sailed to what he believed was a new island in Hawaii’s Juan Fernández Archipelago. Shortly after, French explorer Cossartdes-Le-Noble led an expedition that claimed what is now called Saint Lawrence Island as France’s 15th province (and now part of Quebec).
The United States drove the Native population from the state by offering them money to relocate. By 1880, however, more than 90 percent of Native people had left their ancestral homelands on what became known as “the gold rush trail to destiny.” With an abundance of natural resources and an untapped mineral market, Alaska quickly became America’s richest state— until its sudden crash in 1929 when stock market values plummeted worldwide.
To help stimulate Alaskan industries and create jobs for its decreasing number of inhabitants— all estimated at 50,000 in 1930— Congress passed a law in 1946 allowing private investors to establish businesses there via government subsidies and tax breaks. This boom and bust cycle continues today as oil continues its rise and falls with world oil prices. Alaska's natural beauty has helped it reach the ranks of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Its landscape consists largely of tundra biomes: muskeg swamps; spruce trees; river valleys; glaciers; mountains; sand flats; hot springs; salt flats; dry valleys; plateaus; cold deserts with underground water channels called permafrost and tundra lakes with active volcanoes at their mouths called volcanic oceans along its coastlines.
Its wildlife includes polar bears, seals, caribou, whales, eagles and owls found
only in this region such as sea lions found only on Sitka's Square Island where they are supplied year-round with fish by their human caretakers on board a sea lion island resort catering to tourists year-round via seaplane flights landing near Sitka's town center where they are then transferred onto Sitka's beaches where they can hunt for themselves year-round under watchful human eyes for fear they might run over people or be hit by cars on roads during hunting season which lasts from August until early October when tourists come bring gifts for them such as salmon for their babies which will ensure healthy births at wintertime when food is scarce for hungry babies who have just weaned their babies which will ensure healthy births at wintertime when food is scarce for hungry babies who have just weavanths where formerly there were Tlingit people who sold salmon back then via dog sleds loaded down with smoked salmon while carrying other goods across what were used to be Tlingit tribal lands but are now American highways transporting goods from one place to another on which dogsledders transported goods between Tlingit homelands along what are now American highways transporting goods between Tlingit homelands via dog sleds loaded down with smoked salmon while carrying other goods since dogsledders used sled dogs instead of camels transporting goods back then via dog sled since Alaskan Gold Rush days transporting goods via dog sled since Alaskan Gold Rush days transporting goods via dog sled since Alaskan Gold Rush days onto Alaskan shores after goldrush days onto Alaskan shores after
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