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The Louisiana Purchase

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  1. The Louisiana Purchase “The greatest real estate deal in history.”

  2. The Louisiana Purchase • Purchased from France in 1803 for about $15 million • Land extended from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains • Land area totaled 820,000 square miles or 524,800,000 acres

  3. Map of Louisiana Purchase

  4. Key Figures in the Louisiana Purchase

  5. Thomas Jefferson • Third President of the United States • Sent Lewis and Clark to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase • Sent Robert R. Livingston and James Monroe to negotiate with the government of Napoleon I for the sale of New Orleans

  6. Napoleon Bonaparte • Ruler of France during the Louisiana Purchase • One of the greatest military commanders in history

  7. Robert R. Livingston • Appointed resident minister at the court of Napoleon by President Jefferson • Negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with the French

  8. James Monroe • Study law under the governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson • Involved in the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase in France, Spain and England • Eventually became fifth President of the United States

  9. Lewis and Clark • U.S. Congress appropriate $2,000 to fund an expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory, which was led by Lewis and Clark • Sent to study the Indian tribes, botany, geology, Western terrain and wildlife in the area • Expedition lasted 28 months and almost 8,000 miles

  10. Works Cited • Napoleon.org. http://www.napoleon.org/en/home.asp • Thomas Jefferson. The White House. http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/tj3.html • Lewis and Clark Trail.com. http://lewisandclarktrail.com/legacy/sold.htm • US History.org. http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/livingston_r.htm