Alaska is one of the later states to join the United States, becoming the 49th state on January 5, 1959. Alaska is one of the two states not located in the mainland (the other being Hawaii) — in fact, it is much nearer to Russia (via Bering Strait) than to the United States. It is the largest state (663,268 square miles) and in relation to its size, it is also the least densely populated. Like many US states, Alaska was first inhabited by Native American tribes, before European explorers arrived during the 18th century. The United States bought Alaska from the Russian Empire during the 1860s. It became the Territory of Alaska from 1912 to 1959, when it was finally admitted to the Union as the 49th state.
The capital of Alaska is Juneau and its largest city is Anchorage. Alaska is home to 20 official languages, including English and other different indigenous languages. More interesting and amazing facts about “The Last Frontier” await you in this gallery!