Yukon Territory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A territory of northwest Canada east of Alaska. It joined the Confederacy in 1898. The region was first explored by fur traders in the 1840s and was acquired by Canada from the Hudson's Bay Company in 1870. A land claim made by the Yukon tribe of Native Americans was approved by the federal government in 1991. Whitehorse is the capital and the largest city. Population: 30,400.
Yukon Territory - Cultural Definition
Variant of Yukon
- territory of NW Canada, east of Alas.: 186,661 sq mi (483,450 sq km); pop. 31,000; cap. Whitehorse: abbrev. YT: usually used with thein full Yukon Territory
- river flowing through this territory & Alas. into the Bering Sea: 1,979 mi (3,185 km)
Origin: probably ; from Athabaskan river name ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps