© Suresh Krishna
The South Face of Mt. McKinley
The first Alaskans migrated from Asia around 30,000 years ago during an ice age which connected Siberia with Alaska. The major nomadic tribes were Tlingits, the Haidas, the Athabascans, the Inuits and the Yupiks. They mainly subsisted as hunter-gatherers. The cold and stormy climate of Alaska prevented early colonization of Alaska. In the 18th century, Russia had slowly gained control of the fur trade in Alaska. However, by 1860, the Russians found themselves overextended. The war against Napoleon and the decline in fur trade forced them to sell Alaska to USA in 1867 for $7.2 million - less than 2 cents an acre!!