Alaska, The Last Frontier, meaning something like the last wild lands of the country, is the largest US state by area and at the same time the one with the lowest population density. Alaska is famous for its wild, pristine nature, which is in large parts being preserved as National Parks or other protective areas.
The vast area of Alaska became a part of the United States in 1867, when the government purchased it from Russia for 7.2 million dollars. At the end of the 19th century, America became interested in the territory when various rich resources and even gold were discovered here.
Among Alaska’s most important cities are Anchorage, the state’s largest city, Fairbanks, the most significant city in Alaska’s heartland and Juneau, the state’s small capital.
In the Northern part of the state, there are large oil occurrences and the interest in exploiting these resources stands in contrast to the interest of keeping the unique nature intact. This issue has been a focal point of American politics for many years.