Seward’s Folly

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March 30, 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward signed an agreement with Baron Edouard Stoeckl, the Russian Minister to the United States, ceding possession of the vast territory of Alaska to the United States for the sum of $7.2 million. That’s about two cents an acre, by the way. Few citizens of the US could fathrom what possible use or interest the 586,000 square miles of land would have for the country. The press immediately dubbed it “Seward’s Folly. Eighteen months later (August 12, 1868), Secretary Seward gave a speech in Sitka, the Russian territorial capital in Alaska, in which he claimed he had no doubt “that the political society to be constituted here, first as a Territory, and ultimately as a state or many States, will prove a worthy constituency of the Republic.” President Andrew Johnson sent General Jefferson C. Davis to command a military force of about…

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About Chef Kadie Hicks

My hubster & I have been married for almost 35 yrs (seems like yesterday). We are empty-nesters with 2 handsome sons & 2 beautiful daughters-in-law. We also have a large adopted family that are very special to us! I am a not-so-perfect Christian-in-the-making, a wife, a mother, professional Chef, writer & paralegal. I went to college at 50 and graduated with my Bachelors degree 4 years later. We moved to S.C. 7 years ago and love our new home and the Southern culture and our friends and family. I love chocolate, cheesecake and putting a smile on folks & family's faces by creating special meals and sweet treats for them. My passion is to find the best darn chocolate and eat it all! Life cannot & should not exist without great chocolate! Life is short eat dessert first! Till next time ya'll!
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