(History.com Staff 2009) The Louisiana Purchase was a result of many factors that took place. A couple of these factors are the Spanish control of New Orleans and Napoleon’s desire for the Caribbean Island of Haiti. The boundaries of the territory consist of the Mississippi River on the east, the Gulf of Mexico on the south, the Rocky Mountains on the west and Canada along the northern boundary. It was originally claimed by France and later, as a result of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, was rewarded to Spain for their assistance to the French during the war. The French considered the Louisiana Territory worthless at the time.
When Spain tried to take it, the land the Native Arawaks fought back, because it had been their ancestors land for hundreds of years. Inevitably, they lost to Spanish rule. In 1697, the French took over and changed Haiti's name to Saint-Dominique. It became one of the leading producers of sugar cane. The downside to the sugarcane industry was only the slaves knew how to plant and harvest it so the industry failed.