Alaska Boundary Dispute


ALASKA BOUNDARY DISPUTE involved the border between BC and the Alaska Panhandle, the narrow strip of mainland and islands extending south from AK to latitude 54°40'. The US purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, claiming that the border of the Panhandle area passed inland around the heads of the major fjords. This interpretation was not tested for several years until the discovery of GOLD in the Klondike in 1896 brought the matter to a head. Most of the traffic to and from the goldfields flowed...

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