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Learning About the U.S. State of Alaska

In 1741 Vitus Bering, a Dane working for the Russians and Alexei Chirikov discovered the Alaskan mainland and the Aleutian Islands. Eventually, Alaska was purchased from the Russian and with the Gold Rush of 1898 many more people settled in the state. It became the 49th state. Alaska was rich in oil and gas and in the 1970s the Trans-Alaska pipeline was built with oil flowing through the 800-mile long pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez.

Alaska has many national parks among them the Denali National Park. The native populations include Native Americans, Eskimos, and Aleuts. Alaska has the largest land area of any state in the U.S.

  • Was Alaska purchased from the Russians?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Is Alaska the 49th U.S. state?

    • Yes
    • No
  • What is its nickname?

    • Land of Forests
    • Wilderness Land
    • The Last Frontier
  • What is the state’s capital?

    • Juneau
    • Anchorage
    • Fairbanks
  • What is the state song?

    • Alaska Home
    • Alaska’s Flag
    • Alaska
  • What is the state flower?

    • Violet
    • Alpine forget-me-not
    • Primrose
  • What is the state bird?

    • Willow Ptarmigan
    • White pigeon
    • Mountain thrush
  • What is the state tree?

    • Mountain pine
    • Sitka spruce
    • Hemlock
  • What is the state animal?

    • Beaver
    • River otter
    • Moose
  • What is the state fish?

    • Chinook salmon
    • River trout
    • Pike

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