In a deal known as Seward's Folly, The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for 7.2 million U.S. dollars at approximately two cents per acre ($4.74/km2). The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912, it was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.
Amchitka was populated for more than 2,500 years by the Aleut people, but has had no permanent population since 1832; the island has been part of the United States since the Alaska Purchase of 1867. During World War II, it was used as an airfield by US forces in the Aleutian Islands Campaign.
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