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The Louisiana Purchase

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Napoleon signing over Lousiana Territory

  1. THE LOUSIANA PURCHASE
    1. 1800-SPAIN GAVE BACK THE LAND CALLED LOUISIANA TO FRANCE
    1. JEFFERSON WORRIED NAPOLEON WOULD USE LAND AS A BASE FOR HIS WESTERN EMPIRE
    2. FEARS GREW BECAUSE FRANCE WAS AT WAR WITH ENGLAND AGAIN
    1. NAPOLEON MIGHT CLOSE NEW ORLEANS TO U.S. SHIPS
    1. JEFFERSON SENT DELAGATES INCLUDING JAMES MONROE TO BUY NEW ORLEANS AND WESTERN FLORIDA, AUTHORIZED MONROE  TO SPEND 10 MILLION DOLLARS
    2. FRENCH REPRESENATIVE ASKED HOW MUCH THE U.S. WAS WILLING TO SPEND ON THE ENTIRE LOUISIANA TERRITORY.
    3. AGREED ON 15 MILLION- WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF CONGRESS, TURNS OUT TO BE 4 CENTS PER ACRE IT HAS BEEN CALLED THE LARGEST LAND DEAL IN HISTORY.
    4. NAPOLEON AGREED TO SELL BECAUSE HE NEEDED THE MONEY FOR HIS WAR WITH ENGLAND, AND HIS DREAM OF A U.S. EMPIRE WAS SHATTERED ANYWAY.
3. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PURCHASE
A. ADDED ALL OR PART OF 13 FUTURE STATES TO THE NATION
B. JEFFERSON DID NOT BELIEVE THE CONSTITUTION GRANTED HIM THE POWER TO MAKE SUCH DEALS, HOWEVER HE DID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY.
C. THE PURCHASE REMOVED THE FRENCH THREAT FROM NORTH AMERICA

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Louisiana Territory

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