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Between 1898 and 1903, the United States and the youthful Dominion of Canada fought what proved to be their final serious territorial dispute along the Pacific coast, over the sovereignty of the coastal strip currently known as the Alaska Panhandle and including the towns of Skagway and Juneau. This whole brouhaha actually begun between Britain and Russia nearly a century before; it had settled into an uneasy status quo during the unsettled years of the late nineteenth century, while Alaska transitioned to American hand. All that goodwill ended as settlers flooded into the region during the Klondike gold rush of 1898. The  a joint tribunal established to settle the matter diplomatically ended up handing most of the disputed land to the state of Alaska after one of its British participants elected to side with the American delegation.

Of course, that wasn’t the end of it. A cold war ensued, mostly between American and Canadian trading and shipping companies.

Between 1898 and 1903, the United States and the youthful Dominion of Canada fought what proved to be their final serious territorial dispute along the Pacific coast, over the sovereignty of the coastal strip currently known as the Alaska Panhandle and including the towns of Skagway and Juneau. This whole brouhaha actually begun between Britain and Russia nearly a century before; it had settled into an uneasy status quo during the unsettled years of the late nineteenth century, while Alaska transitioned to American hand. All that goodwill ended as settlers flooded into the region during the Klondike gold rush of 1898. The  a joint tribunal established to settle the matter diplomatically ended up handing most of the disputed land to the state of Alaska after one of its British participants elected to side with the American delegation.

Of course, that wasn’t the end of it. A cold war ensued, mostly between American and Canadian trading and shipping companies.

(Source: helium.com)

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