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Transcript of Louisiana Purchase
by Grace Broomhead
These relationships lead to the Louisiana Purchase
After coming to the realization of his failing military in the North American lands and in St. Domingue, Napoleon decided to sell the land, to the United States. He Used the money for military funds and the war with Britain
Leader of France
Napoleon was a french military leader who rose to power during the chaos of the french revolution.
After he gained power Napoleon began to set his goals upon Europe in hopes to later rule most of the land
The Louisiana Territory was obtained to try and revive the French Empire
He had hopes to recapture a valuable sugar colony in St. Domingue from a slave rebellion and use the Louisiana Territory as his empire
He also hoped to make a colony in North America
During this time France was involved in a war with England that had been going on for some time.
Before the Purchase
Before we gained the Louisiana Territory, our country tried to expand our lands and purchase New Orleans and part of Florida from France. Napoleon later made an offer for all of the Louisiana Territory to be sold to the United States.
The Louisiana Purchase
During the time Thomas Jefferson was in presidency and sent out James Monroe to talk out a plan with France.
France offered the land to the united states for a price tag of 15 million dollars exceeding what we wanted to spend.
Jefferson thought at the time that the purchase would be unconstitutional.
"He understood that the acquisition of Louisiana had enormous implications for the nation's development, setting the stage for future increased trade and westward expansion. If Jefferson accepted the offer, The United States would double in area, and both banks of the Mississippi River would be under American control."
Jefferson, a strict constitutionalist, decided to go ahead with the deal.
Jefferson requested congressional funding before the deal was signed, for a cross country survey of the land they were about to obtain
The land that once belonged to France was now ours, setting up a series of positive effects for both the United States and Jefferson
The Positive Effects of the Louisiana Purchase
Positive effects on the United States
Doubled our amount of land
Better reputation for Jefferson
Boost of the economy
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