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  • By the 1800's, thousands of Americans had settled between the Appalachians and the Mississippi river.
  • Ok
  • Lets settle here.
  • Spain had a treaty with France and traded Louisiana to France. In 1802, just before trading Louisiana to France, Spain closed New Orleans to American shipping. Farmers were very angry about this. President Jefferson sent Robert R. Livingston and James Monroe to try to buy New Orleans.
  • Go and send Robert R. Livingston and James Monroe to France. Tell them to try to buy New Orleans.
  • Yes sir Mr.President.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte was France's leader. He was at war with Great Britain, and he needed money. When Livingston and Monroe came to buy New Orleans, he surprised them and offered them all of Louisiana. They quickly accepted the offer and bought Louisiana for 15 million dollars. On October 20, 1803, the Senate approved the Louisiana purchase, which doubled the size of the United States.
  • We have come to buy New Orleans.
  • Ok, deal.
  • What if I give you all of Louisiana for 15 million dollars.
  • In 1803 the president asked Congress to fund an expedition to explore west. To lead the expedition, he chose Meriwether Lewis. Lewis chose William Clark to be co-leader. In May 1804 the Lewis and Clark expedition began its journey to explore Louisiana.
  • I want you to lead an expedition to explore the West.
  • In the summer of 1804, the men spotted herds of buffalo. They knew Native Americans were close by. Along the way they met Sacagawea, a Shoshone from the Rocky Mountains. She and her husband accompanied the group. They proved to be useful along the way.
  • I would like to accompany you on your journey.
  • In 1806 an army officer named Zebulon Pike was sent on another mission to explore the west. He started at the Red River. In 1807 he traveled into Spanish lands and was captured. He was finally released and returned to the United States. His report offered many Americans their first description of the Southwest.
  • Well, it started when I...
  • Tell us about your journey west Zebulon.
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