The past and present of the 49th American state are closely linked. It was occupied for centuries by the Indians, discovered and colonized by the Russians, exposed to massacres, then bought back in 1867 by the Americans who threw themselves into the gold rush! This is a very brief summary of the history of the State. And yet it is this chaotic past that can be found behind every wall, every street name or museum display. Alaska has a unique and engaging profile where nature is omnipresent and where human presence is strongly rooted in the past and tradition.
A diverse population :
A country's population reflects its history. Here in Alaska, it reflects different waves of immigration. The oldest inhabitants, the Eskimos and Indians, try to maintain their traditions, languages and customs by all means. The Russians, always present through their descendants, maintain the durability of their language in some communities. Many Orthodox churches are there to remind us of the arrival of their ancestors in the 19th century. The native Americans arrived with the gold rush. Today, Alaska remains very open to newcomers; Asian colonies are growing in importance. This diverse population lives in perfect harmony today!
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