Which of the following best describes the controversy in the United States over the 1868 purchase of Alaska? Supporters hoped to connect Alaska to the “Lower 48” by annexing Canada, a plan detractors considered imperialistic. Supporters saw Alaska as a foothold into Europe, while detractors were concerned that attacking Europe would prove too costly. Supporters believed Alaska would provide valuable natural resources, while detractors felt it was too cold and too far away. Supporters felt that control of Alaska was key to expanding US trade, while detractors believed that Alaska was too far north to influence trade.

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