Cause And Impact Of The Louisiana Purchase

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The Louisiana Purchase was one of the chief acquisitions of American History. The purchase single handedly doubled the dimension of the United States and would begin the forming of what we know now as our great nation. The Louisiana Purchase however was almost a totally different deal when it was being pursued by the United States. Let’s walk around the bizarre turn of events regarding the Louisiana Purchase. At some stage in the French and Indian War (1754-63) France ceded French Louisiana west of the Mississippi River to Spain and in 1763 transferred nearly all of its remaining North American holdings to Great Britain. Spain, the once global empire threat no longer, did little to build up Louisiana during the next three decades. In…show more content…
After my research on the subject, I find that it was whispered that Napoleon wanted to construct a sugar plant in the Americas. Napoleon’s definitive plan was to recapture the precious sugar colony of St. Domingue from a slave uprising, and then he would go on to use America as the granary for his empire. Once France acquired Louisiana from Spain in 1800 and took possession in 1802, they sent a large French army to St. Domingue and Napoleon was preparing to dispatch another to New Orleans for potential protecting. The smaller American empire was as expected afraid of the more-powerful French winning control of New Orleans. America’s trading and expanding future was on the line and the president knew he had to do something about…show more content…
Little did the president know Napoleon had already given up on his dreams of his plans in Louisiana; this would result in one of the biggest shocks that would be known in American history. When James Monroe arrived in mid-April 1803, he would be surprised to learn that the French would inquire if the United States where interested in purchasing all the Louisiana territories! Napoleon would offer the entire territory of Louisiana for $15 million, but at this moment, we have a problem. You see the amount of $15 million far exceeded what they were approved for from President Jefferson. How could they resist however? They simply “could not” and the deal was agreed
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