The Louisiana Purchase was a deal between the United States and France. Napolean Bonaparte, Emperor of France, needed the funds. President Thomas Jefferson sent John Jay to negotiate the deal.
Lewis and Clark
Napoleon Bonaparte needed to fund his army warring in Europe. Lousiana was of no value to him, so when Jefferson inquired about purchasing the city of New Orleans, Napoleon offered the whole territory. This would double the size of the United States.
Corps of Discovery
The Louisiana Territory stretched from the mouth and along the eastern border of the Mississippi River, west as far as present-day Montana, and north to present day Minnesota. The territory will go on to double the size of the United States for a price of $15 million.
Result of the Expedition
Lewis was a friend of Jefferson and a hunter. Clark was
The Louisiana Territory was controlled by France in 1699, but eventually ceded to Spain in 1762. In 1800, under Napoleon Bonaparte, France regained control of the region. France and the U.S. negotiated the purchase, giving all claims to America in 1803.