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In early 1803, Thomas Jefferson sent James Monroe to join Livingston to negotiate a deal to purchase West Florida and New Orleans for around 10 million dollars. But when he arrived France had another idea in mind.
France was in a war with the British and needed money to continue. Napolean decided to sell the Louisiana land to the U.S. When Monroe arrived he agreed and it became known as the Louisiana Purchase.
After discussing they finally came to an agreement. France would sell the Louisiana land, 828,000 square miles, for 15 million dollars. By December, the U.S. owned the land.
In 1804, Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the land a find a water route to the pacific ocean. They did and returned home safely.
15 modern day U.S. states were created from the Louisiana Purchase. The first one being Louisiana. This purchase was Jefferson's greatest accomplishment.
When Casey returned to school she gave her report on the Louisiana Purchase. She got an A plus on the assignment. She enjoyed learning about the Louisiana Purchase.
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