Louisiana Purchase Essay

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The Louisiana Purchase was the most influential and important land purchases in American history. The acquired land in this historical purchase proved to far outweigh what most Americans at the time could imagine. The Louisiana Purchase more than doubled the size of the United States, and lead to many great discoveries and societal benefits. Some of the major and most prominent ways that the Louisiana Purchase influenced the evolution of American were the expeditions of Louis and Clark on the newly acquired westward territory, increase in the countries resources, which in turn increased in trade and resulted in a richer, more economically stable country, and it also played a very pivotal role in the relationship with African Americans,…show more content…
The journey of Louis and Clark traversed through a great deal of the territory west of the Appalachians, and following the Missouri River through present day "Kansas City, Missouri, Omaha, Nebraska, crossed the Rocky Mountains and descended by the Clearwater River, the Snake River, and the Columbia River, past Celilo Falls and through what is now Portland, Oregon until they reached the Pacific Ocean in the December of 1805" (www.wikipedia.org). During their journey, Louis and Clark faced many obstacles that they had to overcome. On August 20, 1804 the Corps crew suffered its first death. Sergeant Charles Floyd died from acute appendicitis. Sergeant Floyd would be the only death that the crew would experience. In the winter of 1804–1805 they posted camp at Fort Mandan, relatively close to present day Washburn, North Dakota. Shoshone/Hidatsa native woman Sacagawea and her husband, French Canadian Toussaint Charbonneau, joined the group at Fort Mandan and guided them even further into the west. Sacagawea and her native tribe lived to the west of Fort Mandan and were planning on traveling in that direction anyways. Lewis and Clark felt that Sacagawea would be very beneficial to the crew in several ways. Not only would she be able to aid them in translation and communication, but they reasoned that when they arrived to the ending point of their journey, she could take them to her
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