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Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase

features an essay accompanied by 119 documents and maps that tell the story of the Louisiana Purchase. Learn about Louisiana under French rule and later Spanish rule. Find out why Jefferson felt that "the future destinies of the republic" depended on the purchase of "the Isle of Orleans and the Floridas" and why Napoleon had already decided to sell the entire territory of Louisiana. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

On October 1, 1800, within 24 hours of signing a peace settlement with the United States, First Consul of the Republic of France Napoleon Bonaparte, acquired Louisiana from Spain by the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso. To the distress of the United States, Napoleon held title to the Mississippi River and the port of New Orleans.
Boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase as recognized today.

Boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase

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