The first european vessel to reach alaska is generally held to be the st. Gabriel under the authority of the surveyor m. Gvozdev and assistant navigator i. Fyodorov on august 21, xxxx during an expedition of siberian cossak a. Xxxx).another european contact with alaska occurred in xxxx, when vitus bering led an expedition for the russian navy aboard the st.
Became the capital of russian america. It remained the capital after the colony was transferred to the united states. The russians never fully colonized alaska, and the colony was never very profitable. Evidence of russian settlement in names and churches survive throughout southeast alaska. Seward, the united states secretary of state, negotiated the alaska purchase (also known as seward's folly) with the russians in xxxx for $7. 2 million.