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但是西华很久以前就想要买下阿拉斯加了。阿拉斯加的幅员广大,可以让美国领土扩大20%。俄国在18世纪早期就在阿拉斯加地区创建基地,并且在詹姆斯.布坎南 (James Buchanan) 总统在位时就想要卖给美国。但是因为内战的爆发,两国的谈判宣告中断。战争退出之后,西华花了很多心力说服参议院,让议员们相信阿拉斯加对美国是相当重要的。参议院最后以一票之差批准购买条约,决定购买阿拉斯加。你觉得买下阿拉斯加是聪明的吗?

But Seward had wanted to buy Alaska for a long time. Alaska is so large that the addition of this land would increase the size of the U.S. by nearly 20 percent. Russia had established a presence in Alaska in the early 18th century and offered to sell it to the United States during President James Buchanan's administration. But the Civil War stalled negotiations. After the war, it was not easy for Seward to convince the Senate that Alaska would be an important addition to the United States. The Senate ratified the treaty that approved the purchase by just one vote. Was buying Alaska a good move?
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