|You might also like:||Quiz: The Louisiana Purchase||Zebulon Montgomery Pike - Biography||Lewis and Clark - Biography||Lewis and Clark - Follow the Instructions #2||Lewis and Clark - Follow the Instructions||Today's featured page: Colors in Japanese|
|Our subscribers' grade-level estimate for this page: 4th|
The Louisiana Purchase
|Go to a Quiz
Go to the answers
The Louisiana Purchase almost doubled the area of the United States; this new acquisition had an area of 828,000 square miles (2,155,500 square kilometers). The Louisiana Territory was west of the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, strectching from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada.
President Jefferson wanted to make sure that the US could use the Mississippi River for commerce, so he had the American ambassador to France, Robert Livingston, and a special envoy, James Monroe (who would later be president), negotiate to buy the port of New Orleans. This would allow the US access between the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. They were very surprised when the French offered to sell the entire Louisiana Territory for 15 million dollars. The purchase was completed on April 30, 1803.
Soon after (in 1804), Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to map the newly-acquired western US territory (they returned in 1806 with maps, newly-discovered animals, and information about Indian tribes). Lewis and Clark traveled from Missouri west to Oregon and back again, mapping much of the area.
Over 35,000 Web Pages
Sample Pages for Prospective Subscribers, or click below
Overview of Site|
Enchanted Learning Home
Monthly Activity Calendar
Books to Print
Parts of Speech
The Test of Time
Biology Label Printouts
Physical Sciences: K-12
Art and Artists
Label Me! Printouts
|Search the Enchanted Learning website for:|
Copyright ©2002-2018 EnchantedLearning.com ------ How to cite a web page