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Fifty-four forty or fight

(Encyclopedia) Fifty-four forty or fight, in U.S. history, phrase commonly used by extremists in the controversy with Great Britain over the Oregon country. The rights of the United States, they…

Rezanov, Nikolai Petrovich

(Encyclopedia) Rezanov, Nikolai Petrovich nykl´ ptrô´vîch ryzä´nf, 1764–1807, Russian trader, an official of the Russian American Company. In 1803 he headed an expedition that aimed to go…

Russian American Company

(Encyclopedia) Russian American Company, colonial trading company, chartered by Czar Paul I in 1799. The charter granted the merchant-dominated company monopoly trading privileges in Russian America…

Sitka

(Encyclopedia) Sitka st´k, city (1990 pop. 8,588), Sitka census div., SE Alaska, in the Alexander Archipelago, on Baranof Island; inc. 1971. Fishing, its first industry, remains important; salmon,…

Alaska

Capital: Juneau State abbreviation/Postal code: Alaska/AK Governor: Bill Walker, Independent (to Dec. 2018) Lieut. Governor: Byron Mallott, D (to Dec. 2018) Senators: Dan Sullivan, R (to Jan.…