By Nigel Hicks

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The leaders usually complete the 1,100-mile (1,760-km) run in about nine days. 40 I N T R O D U C I N G A L A S K A Sportfishing in Alaska Sportfishing is Alaska’s most popular sport, and Alaskans fish regularly while outsiders often make it their main reason to visit the state. Some visit in the hopes of shipping home a crate of frozen fish, but for most the Fishing real attraction is the opportunity to spend lure some solitary time outdoors. However, anglers in the best fishing areas may find themselves up against hordes of competing fishermen.

During the Great Depression of the mid-1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal established the Matanuska Valley Colony at Palmer. Some 200 farming families, mostly from the Midwest states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, were resettled here to try their hand at farming and raising dairy cattle. Although the project enjoyed only limited success, the area remains Alaska’s most productive Workers marching back to camp during the construction of the Alaska Highway, 1942 farming region. THE GOLD RUSH After the purchase of Alaska, few Americans had any interest in the state.

He was followed in 1728 by Vitus Bering, a Dane sailing for Tsar Peter the Great. Sailing through the Bering Strait, he claimed the land for the Russian Empire. In 1741, Bering set out on another voyage, with Alexei Chirikov as the commander of the second vessel. Chirikov landed on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska, paving the way for the eventual establishment of Russian America. Bering did not survive the journey, but his crew returned with sea otter pelts. Their success inspired many hunters and traders, known as promyshleniki, who headed for Alaska, exploiting not only the land’s natural wealth, but also the labor of the Aleuts.

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