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Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark

Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark

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  • By 1800s, thousands moved west of the Appalachian Mts. Connect it students’ lives by asking if any shared bedrooms with siblings – positives/negatives Did any of them move for their parents’ jobs? For a bigger home etc?
  • Mississippi River is the Western border…as the number of westerners grew….SO DID the need/want for more land. Ask students to make a prediction…
  • Need for ports (to buy & sell goods) – New Orleans Spain closed port of New Orleans to American shipping Why would France close the ports to American goods?
  • President Jefferson offers to PURCHASE New Orleans from France (Napoleon) & is offered Louisiana Territory Louisiana Purchase          Doubles the size of the US          Costs $15 million (4 cents an acre)          900 thousand square miles from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains Includes New Orleans Do you think the president has the power to purchase land for the US? Refer students to their notes on the Constitution.
  • Native Americans are pushed off their land Tecumseh unites the Natives of Mississippi Valley = Battle of Tippecanoe (river in Indiana territory), 1911: William Henry Harrison becomes a national hero leading American troops against Tecumseh at Tippecanoe; Tecumseh’s War ends in 1813 Why would Tecumseh unite the Native Americans of the Mississippi Valley? Why were the Americans victorious? How did these victories affect Native American culture?
  • Why were the Native Americans resentful of the soldiers?
  • Why does it matter that other people were involved in the expedition? Does this change your view of the 2 year event?
  • Is Sacagawea an ordinary hero? Explain.
  • What hardships do you think she faced with a young infant?


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  • 5. $15 million That’s 4 cents an acre
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  • 7. Effects of Westward Expansion
  • 8. “ I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don’t want to settle…A long time ago this land belonged to our fathers, but when I go up to the river I see camps of soldiers … These soldiers cut down my timber, they kill my buffalo, and when I see that, my heart feels like bursting.” – Satanta, Kiowa Chief, 1876
  • 9. PART II Play National Geographic, Lewis and Clark Trailer
  • 10. York: Clark’s slave; his hunting and fishing made him a valuable member of the expedition Seaman: Lewis’ Newfoundland
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    • Sacagawea
    • Shoshone kidnapped at age 12 by the Hidatsa tribe and sold to Toussaint Charbonneau as his slave and wife.
    • Lewis and Clark needed a translator and navigator. That is where Charbonneau and Sacagawea came in handy.
  • 12. Her Baby
    • On February 11, 1805, Sacagawea gave birth to her only son. His name was Jean-Baptiste
    http://www. pbs .org/ lewisandclark /into/index.html
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