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Why does alaska belong to the US and not Canada?

Its close to canada and not so close to the US

Whats the story behind it?

Because the United States purchased the land that is Alaska.

On March 30, 1867, the United States reached an agreement to purchase Alaska from Russia for a price of $7.2 million. The Treaty with Russia was negotiated and signed by Secretary of State William Seward and Russian Minister to the United States Edouard de Stoeckl.

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.[5]

You can't figure out how to Google things ? Wow.

The US purchased Alaska from the Russians before Canada was even a dominion, much less an independent country. Alaska was a part of the US before Canada even existed beyond a set of British and French colonies.

I suggest you read your history books as no one will convince you otherwise

It is going to go back to Mother Russia.

The U.S. bought Alaska from Russia.

Russia sold Alaska to the USA

In 1741 a Dane called Vitus Bering led a Russian expedition to Alaska. They discovered there was great wealth in Alaska in the form of animal furs.However by the 1860s the Russians had lost interest in Alaska. Over-hunting had depleted the supply of furs and it was difficult to supply bases such a long way off. So they decided to try and sell Alaska to the Americans. In 1867 US Secretary of State William Henry Seward signed a treaty to buy Alaska for $7.2 million - less than 2 cents an acre. However it took 6 months to persuade Congress to ratify the treaty. Alaska formally passed to the USA on 18 October 1867.

In the 1850s, Russia and Britain had a falling out that resulted in the Crimean War.
Long story short: Russia lost. Britain won.

So when Russia decided to get rid of Alaska in the 1860s, it sold it to the Americans just to p*ss off the Brits despite it making more sense (geographically speaking) to sell it to Britain to be part of Canada.

The U.S. bought Alaska for about 2 cents an acre (about 7 1/2 million dollars) from imperial Russia. Russia was in debt from a few wars and needed money, Alaska was so far away that they could not protect it anyhow. SSSOOO.....under Abraham Lincoln the Secretary of State, William Seward, did some backdoor politicking and bought Alaska for the U.S..
At the time (1863-1867) Canada as a separate country did not exist (it did not become independent until about 1960). It belonged to Great Britain. Under the Monroe Doctrine they could not buy Alaska.
Note though that all the land that was purchased is not under U.S. control. Some over time wound up back in Russian hands and some in Canadian hands. Not enough to make a big deal of though.

Seward knew that America, though still large and not as populated as it is today would need more land. When Alaska was bought he enlarged America nearly 25%. He knew that the fur and timber (at the time) would supply America very well. He was a very shrewed and smart man.

little hidden note: of the 7 million dollars, only 5 million actually made back to Russian coffers.