Louisiana Purchase Essay

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Louisiana Purchase Eminent Domain begins by describing the Europeans who came to the New World, the reasons for their travels there, and what they accomplished and saw along their journey. Towards the end of the book it discusses the purchase of Louisiana. This marked the beginning of the end of Europe’s determination of American events. Our nation’s parents were Europeans and in this book the author represents his outlook of who those parents were and what kind of impact they made on the history we read today. On April 30, 1803 the nation of France sold 828,000 square miles (2,144,510 square km) of land west of the Mississippi River to the young United States of America in a treaty commonly known as the Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson, in one of his greatest achievements, more than doubled the size of the United States at a time when the young nation's population growth was beginning to quicken. The Louisiana Purchase was an incredible deal for the United States, the final cost totaling less than five cents per acre at $15 million (about $283 million in today's dollars). France's land was mainly unexplored wilderness, and so the fertile soils and other valuable natural resources we know are present today might not have been factored in the relatively low cost at the time. The Louisiana Purchase stretched from the Mississippi River to the beginning of the Rocky Mountains. Official boundaries were not determined, except that the eastern border ran from the source of the Mississippi River north to the 31 degrees north. Present states that were included in part or whole of the Louisiana Purchase were: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Perhaps the greatest contribution of Thomas Jefferson's administration was the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson

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