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The Louisiana Purchase

In the early 1800’s, the United States took control of a broad swath of territory in Central North America.

In the early 19th century, even though France was a major European continental power, it had land claims in North America.

Mini-test: Social Studies – The Louisiana Purchase 

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Now, the United States was very concerned about this because it was a young country in the early 1800’s, and it had concerns about having to share the continent with another major strong European power, especially after battling Great Britain a major war for their independence – the American Revolution.

Also, American leaders at that time had the aspiration that one day, the United States would stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. From sea to shining sea. So, in 1803, the United States took advantage of an opportunity to purchase or acquire the Louisiana Territory from France. The United States government at the time, which was led by Thomas Jefferson, purchased a territory from Napoleon Bonaparte, ruler of France for 15 million dollars.

The land area of the United States more than doubled with the purchase, which included all the land from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. This land was, and even today, full of fertile plains and vital waterways, and later became all a part of 13 states, which include Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and obviously, Louisiana.

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