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Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery
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Louisiana Purchase and the Corps of Discovery

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Brief look at how the young United States picked up the Louisiana Territory from France and the begininngs of the Lewis and Clark-led Corps of Discovery. This leads into the PBS on-line simulation …

Brief look at how the young United States picked up the Louisiana Territory from France and the begininngs of the Lewis and Clark-led Corps of Discovery. This leads into the PBS on-line simulation "Into the Unknown" found here: www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/into/index.html.

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  1. Newland
  2. First steps• At the end of the Revolution, Britain gave the United States all of the land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River.
  3. This doubled the size of theUnited States and changed it from just an ocean front nation.
  4. louisiana• In 1803, Thomas Jefferson took advantage of an opportunity from Napoleon Bonaparte of France to double again the size of the nation.
  5. louisiana• Jefferson knew Western farmers needed to get their products out to sea and to the world and, therefore, it was important for the United States to control New Orleans and the mouth of the Mississippi River.
  6. louisiana•James Monroe and Robert Livingston were sent to France with permission to pay up to $10 million for that land.
  7. louisiana• When they arrived in France and found out that Napoleon was willing to sell all of Louisiana, they offered $15 million and hoped that they would be supported when they returned home.
  8. concerns• Jefferson, as a strict constructionist, struggled with the decision to buy Louisiana, primarily because there was no provision in the Constitution for the government purchasing land from another country.
  9. concerns• Also, $15 million was a lot of money for the government to spend.
  10. concerns• But, ultimately, Jefferson decided that the Louisiana Purchase was in the best interest of the United States and decided to go ahead with it.
  11. The Louisiana Purchase gavethe United States control of theland from the Atlantic Ocean tothe Rocky Mountains.
  12. The Voyage• President Thomas Jefferson sent out Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore all of this new land and to find a route to the Pacific Ocean.
  13. The Voyage•The decision to explore the territory was already being put in place as the decision to buy Louisiana was being made.
  14. The Voyage• In fact, Lewis and Clark found out that the Louisiana Territory had become the property of the United States during the voyage of discovery.
  15. Their journey began onMay 14, 1804 as theyleft St. Louis, Missourito explore what waslabeled “Unknown” ontheir maps.

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