The Louisiana Purchase Shaping America

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The Louisiana Purchase shaping America
Christopher Richeson
East Forsyth High School
Mrs. Callendar
American History 4th Period
December 15, 2015

Abstract
The Louisiana Purchase was a major event in the growth of the United States of America. Purchased from France for 15 million by Thomas Jefferson in 1803, it gave America twice the available land, adding 827,000 square miles. Some may argue the Louisiana Purchase is unconstitutional, but Jefferson found a way around that. The Constitution says land may be acquired through treaties such as the Louisiana Purchase. After the accusation of the Louisiana Territory, Jefferson had an expedition lead by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The goal of the expedition was to map the new territory and find a quicker path to the Pacific Ocean. The entire expedition lasted a little longer than two years to complete. The Louisiana Purchase was a deal between The United States and France over 827,000 square miles west of the Mississippi River. (Wilson, G. 2003) It allowed for major expansion and growth for the small republic in 1803. What if France would have denied our efforts to acquire the land, would The Unites States be the same as it is today? Through my research I believe that without the acquisition of the Louisiana Territory, The United States would not have been able to grow and become what it is today.
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