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Because they didn't want to and because there were huge powers in the East that didn't want them to. We need to look at when they would have been able to and compare that to the state of the world at the time. The expansion would have required a significant Naval presence. Arguably the US Navy became formidable around the war of 1812, at which point it was.....


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The following is taken from the book (in Russian) Natalia Mathanova, "Governors-general of Eastern Siberia in mid-19th century", Novosibirsk, 1998. (This is Mathanova's doctoral dissertation.) Muraviev arrived to Irkutsk as a governor-general of the entire Eastern Siberia in 1849. While there is some disagreement regarding his goals (see pp. 117-...


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