Alaska was purchased from Russia by the United States in 1867. It has been called Sewards Folly for the Secretary of State who bought an icebox. Alaska was not considered a US state until 1959 on January 3.
Well before America bought Alaska,Alaska was owned by the Russians,but America talked and talked with the Russians (the Alaskan Purchase) and they made a decision,America bought Alaska from the Russians for $7.2 million.
Alaska was purchased from Russia. The United States bought Alaska in 1967 fro $7.2 million. It was called "Seward's Folly" because many thought that Secretary Seward was crazy for buying the worthless land. However when gold was discovered in 1898, people began to thing differently.