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Remains of human habitation were found at Old Crow as the oldest in North America. Around 800 BC, the volcanic eruption of Mount Churchill near the Alaska southern Yukon border covered the area with a layer of ash, which can still be seen along the Klondike Highway. Indians already had a lot of trade with Europeans and invasions of the area only came at the beginning of the 19th century because of the fur trade. Missionaries and people from the Western Union Telegraph Expedition came. Important to the Yukon Territory is 1897, the beginning of the Klondike Gold Rush. The increased population resulting from the gold rush led to the separation of Yukon Territory from the Northwest Territories and the formation of the separate Yukon Territory.

See also the history of Canada.


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