The Louisiana Purchase
what land became rightfully ours
What is the Louisiana Purchase?
The Louisiana Purchase happened a long time ago. It was the acquisition by the United States of America in 1803 of 828,000 square miles of France's claim to the territory of Louisiana. The U.S paid $11,250,000 (50 million francs) plus cancellation of debts worth $3,750,000 (18 million francs), for a total of 15 million dollars. That means they payed less than 3 cents per acre.
What Impact Did the Purchase Have On the Citizens?
The Louisiana Purchase had quite a big impact on the citizens. It gave them a lot more land, which meant more farmland, and more space. More farmland means more money, and food for everybody. All the extra space, food, and money also allowed people to have bigger homes, and bigger families. Most of the citizens liked the great impact of the purchase, but many didn't.