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Louisiana Purchase
Updated: 2/15/2019
Louisiana Purchase
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  • The 3 Cent Transaction By Krishi Shukla
  • Jefferson feared that France would close the Mississippi River to United States commerce. This decision would affect thousands of Americans who had settled west of the Appalachian mountains since the western farmers traded along the Mississippi. 
  • Congress, I need you to authorize a $2,000,000 offer to buy New Orleans from France.
  • Yes, we understand President Jefferson.
  • Hmmm...
  • Napolean, we would like to offer $2,000,000 for the port city of New Orleans.
  • Due to the loss of Napolean's army against slaves in French Haiti, Napolean lost interest in a colonial empire. This failure and the desperate need for money to fight off the British influenced Napolean's decision to sell the Louisiana Territory to the United States for such a low price.
  • Well, let me make YOU an irresistible offer. I am willing to sell all of the Louisiana Territories for only $15,000,000.
  • Well, according to the idea of implied powers, the Lousiana Purchase is constitutional, so we APPROVE.
  • WOW! Napolean sold us so much land for only $15,000,000! The only problem is that the Constitution does not allow for such a purpose! So, I guess I'm supporting implied powers now!
  • The Louisiana Purchase added 827,000 square miles for just 15 million dollars! Therefore, Napolean sold the land for about 3 cents per acre and helped double the size of the United States!
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