The Louisiana Purchase

By Madi Griffin

Information//Basics

The Louisiana Purchase was a massive land deal between the US and France. Napoleon Bonaparte had to sell the Louisiana Territory due to his issues with the Caribbean island Santo Domingo. Once, Thomas Jefferson heard about the territory for sale, he knew he couldn't pass up paying 15 million dollars for the large expansion that could double the US. Although he was worried the purchase was unconstitutional, he still bought the territory. Many federalists opposed this action. They feared that this agreement would take away the power of New England's relations with England and that this purchase was unconstitutional.


After the purchase was made, Jefferson was eager to explore the united States' new territory. So he sent Lewis and Clark on an expedition to explore the new territory. In 1804, they left St. Louis and began the expedition. Their main goal was to find a water way from the US to the Pacific Ocean, and explore as much as possible. During their expedition, they encountered many Native Americans. Along the way, Lewis and Clark met Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman, and she came with them as a guide. Finally, when winter had came, they found the Pacific Ocean and stayed until the winter passed. In 1806 they returned back east and brought back with them new information about this new area. This expedition expired many Americans to move westward.

Louisiana purchase by David Ott