Louisana Purchase

Thank you Thomas Jefferson

Louisana Purchase

Thomas Jefferson bought the land west of the Mississippi, but ending at Texas from the French. This then helped American expand as a new country gaining power. Thomas Jefferson bought this land for about three cents an acre during the 1800's. This resulted in a lot of land gained by America for a very little. But why did they only sell it for three cents?
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Did the French have a long term goal in helping America in their break away from Britian?

    America was at the midst of losing the war and going back to being ruled by Britain. Their only hope was that the French would come and help, they did. America ended up winning the war with the French much needed help. But did the French have a long term goal in helping us in the war?    I feel the French did think about what they would gain when they sold this land to America. I also think they thought about the current state of France and how they would gain some needed supplies from America in trade. This was a great decision from the French because they would have a possible country to trade with even while the French is fighting with Britain; this was a great choice. I also feel that they couldve got more money for the land.
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Why did the French sell the land for only three cents an acre?

The French sold the land west of the Mississippi River for three cents an acre for a massive total, but why? The French knew that America really needed more land to expand and become stronger as a country. The French was currently fighting over Haiti and it's possible exports with Britain, they knew that if America saw them as a easy threat they would take over that land. They figured that three cents an acre is better than getting nothing for it.