Napolean! There has been a slave revolt in Saint Domingue!
We don't have the money for troops.
We must raise the money or we will lose the colony entirely! Is there not a way?
Well, we are in the middle of negotiations with an American minister...
Whatever you say, President Jefferson.
The United States, also 1802
After France took back the Louisiana territory, I sent Livingston to France to negotiate the selling of New Orleans to us. Our treaty with the Spanish to store goods in New Orleans has been revoked under French orders. I need you, Monroe, to join him in France and aid him.
Monsieur Livingston, perhaps, on the behalf of the United States, you will be willing to negotiate for not only New Orleans but all of the Louisiana Territory?
France, again, 1802
The entire territory?
Oui, from the Mississipi River to the Rocky Mountains, for only three cents an acre.
Are we sure this is legal? Some people think this is not constitutional.
The United States, again, 1802
The Louisiana Purchase Louisiana Territory 3¢ an acre $15 million Mississippi River to Rocky Mountains x________________
You are able to negotiate treaties aren't you?
The Louisiana Purchase
Of course I am! So, tell me the best parts of the territory!
Who's telling him he just doubled the size of the country with mostly unexplored flat land and swamps?