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Alaska joined the Union as the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
Alaska is located in the extreme northwest of the North American continent, and the Alaska Peninsula is the largest peninsula in the Western Hemisphere. Since the 180th meridian passes through the Aleutian Islands of the state, the westernmost part of Alaska is in the Eastern Hemisphere.
So technically Alaska is in both hemispheres. Alaska is bordered to the north by the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean; Canadian Yukon Territory and British Columbia to the east; the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean in the south; the Bering Strait and the Bering Sea in the west; and the Chukchi Sea to the northwest.
The capital, Juneau, is located in the southeastern panhandle. Alaska is at the center of the Great Loop Line connecting North America and Asia, equidistant from much of Asia and Europe. This central location made Alaska militarily important after Japan invaded the Aleutian Islands in 1942 during World War II.
Alaska’s eastern border with Canada is approximately 1,538 miles (2,475 kilometers) long, more than one-third of the entire length of the U.S.-Canada border (3,987 miles [6,416 kilometers]). The Transfer Treaty of 1867 (announcing the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States) established the western maritime boundary of Alaska separating American and Russian waters.
The de facto border, about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) long, crosses the Chukchi Sea and the Bering Strait to a point between St. Lawrence Island in Alaska and the Chukotka (Chukotka) Peninsula in Russia and southwest, between Attu Island, the westernmost island in the Aleutian chain . Alaska and the Russian Commander Islands. The border leaves a part of international waters known as the Bering Sea donut hole. Off the western tip of Alaska’s Seward Peninsula is Little Diomede Island, located in the Bering Strait, just 4 km from Russia’s Big Diomede Island.