seward folly

Seward's Folly

noun U.S. History.
the purchase of Alaska in 1867, through the negotiations of Secretary of State W. H. Seward.
Compare Alaska Purchase.


Origin:
so called because Alaska was regarded as worthless land

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seward's folly

noun
the transaction in 1867 in which the United States Secretary of State William Henry Seward purchased Alaska from Russia 
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