At the end of this tutorial, students will be able to:
In the mid- to late-1800s, the United States attempted to expand their influence beyond the boundaries of the contiguous nation. In 1867, William Seward looked to the North and purchased Alaska from the Russians. He did this despite considerable opposition. In the 1890s, Hawaii became a possession of the United States under somewhat suspicious circumstances. Both territories became states in 1959, first Alaska, then Hawaii.