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Alaska is located at the northwest most corner of the continent of North America, It is separated by two Canadian territories (Yukon & British Columbia) from the lower 48 states of America. Alaska is the largest US State boasting a total land and sea area of 591,004 square miles. The total land of Alaska takes up 570,833 square miles and inland water of Alaska makes up 20,171 square miles. Alaska is double the size of Texas which is the second largest state in the United States of America.
ENTERED UNION: 3 January 1959
ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: From the Aleut word "alyeska" meaning great land.
MOTTO: North to the Future
NICKNAME: Land of the Midnight Sun; The Last Frontier