Napoleon approached America in purchasing the Lousiana Territory in mid-1803, Robert Livingston and James Monroe signed papers for the Americans to buy the Louisiana Territory. On October 20, 1803 the Senate voted to buy the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon. The area doubled the size of the United States. It sold for fifteen million dollars or sixty million francs at about four cents per acre. The Spanish, who had never given up physical possession of the Louisiana to the French, did so in a ceremony at New Orleans on November 30, 1803. In a second ceremony on December 20, 1803 at 11:00 am, the French turned Louisiana over to the United States in front of the old cabildo in New Orleans and the Louisiana Purchase was made.
I need money
Would you just please buy the Lousiana Territory from me?
In a bit
The Senate said we could buy it
Great! Now I need to get it from Spain
Sign here for possession of Lousiana
Can we buy it yet?
Yeah, sign here and sixty million francs (fifteen million dollars)