Explorers first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering spotted land on a voyage from Siberia.
Russian whalers and fur traders from Kodiak Island established the first settlement in Alaska in 1784.
In 1867 United States Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7,200,000, for Alaska. This became known as 'Sewards Folly'
Alaska accounts for 25% of the oil produced in the United States.
The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.
The fishing and seafood industry is the state's largest private industry employer.
The Alaska state motto is North to the Future.