The Louisiana Purchase 1803
Included land from the Mississippi River to Rocky Mountains
Thomas Jefferson strongly believed in the Constitution. He thought the powers of the president are restricted to what the Constitution says. Jefferson approved the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, but it did go against his constitutional believes. The deal of the land was too good of a deal for such land; Jefferson could not pass it up. He then launched an expedition to explore the untraveled land. This expedition became knows as the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Napoleon was a feared military leader. He conquered a good portion of the European continent. During the beginning of his reign as leader a slave revolt broke out in the Caribbean. Napoleon sent a large amount of his troops there to settle the revolt. Once the slaves had beaten his army, he wanted nothing to do with the land in America. It was too difficult to control the two territories with the Atlantic being a big obstacle. Napoleon then sold his land west of the Mississippi to the United States, to help pay for his loses and rid the land from his responsibility.
Robert Livingston was a New York political leader that was chosen by Thomas Jefferson to be the ambassador to France. Since he was the ambassador to France, he talked with France. Livingston's intention were to buy just the port of New Orleans. Livingston ended up buying the entire Louisiana Territory because of the fairly low price.
The territory belonged to Spain before it did to France.
The majority of the land was unexplored wilderness.
This purchase was the largest amount of land bought at once by United States, nearly doubling the country's size.
Napoleon's brother tried to talking him out of selling the land.
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