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During the early 1800s, the Americans moved to west in search of land and territory. They made a long and exhausting trip over the Appalachian Mountains.
I need to get rid of this land!! I bet the Americans will want it...
The Spanish allowed American goods to move freely in their territory. In 1802, the Spanish suddenly changed their policy no longer allowing American goods to move into and beyond New Orleans.
I'll give you this land for a good deal.
By 1804, the French were driven out of Santo Domingo.
Now we are twice as big!!!
Napoleon had little use for Louisiana so he decided to sell it.
The deal was too good for the representatives Robert Livingston and James Monroe to pass up, Jefferson worried it might be illegal to make such a large purchase.
The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the U.S.
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