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1801, Spain signed a treaty with France to return Louisiana territory to France
American settlers were highly dependent on free access to the Mississippi river and the strategic port of new Orleans
Thomas Jefferson ordered that France Robert Livingston go to France and negotiate with Charles Maurice de Talleyrand for the purchase of new Orleans
Livingston heads off to France
15 million dollars were offered and he took the deal
The U.S acquired the vast domain of Louisiana territory and it nearly doubled the us size
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