The US$ 7.2 million check used to pay for Alaska ($116 million in 2012 dollars). The Alaska Purchase was the acquisition of Russian America by the United States from the Russian Empire in the year 1867 by a treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate. Russia, fearing a war with Britain that would allow the British to seize Alaska, wanted to sell.
TIL Alaska was never meant to be separated from the rest of the United States but would be linked when British Columbia also joined. Instead the Alaska Purchase compelled British Columbia to join the Canadian Confederation 3 months later.
The signing of the Alaska Treaty of Cessation on March 30, 1867. L-R: Robert S. Chew, William H. Seward, William Hunter, Mr. Bodisco, Eduard de Stoeckl, Charles Sumner and Frederick W. Seward. He insisted that by doing so, Russia would avoid any future conflict with the United States, viewing further U.S. expansion in North America as inevitable.
Painting: “Signing the Alaska Treaty of Cessation” by Emanuel Leutze (from left to right: Robert S. Chew, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, William Hunter, Mr. Bodisco, Russian Ambassador Baron de Stoeckl, Charles Sumner, Fredrick W. Seward). Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Seward’s Alaska Purchase Not ‘Folly.’” https://blog.genealogybank.com/sewards-alaska-purchase-not-folly.html