Tallyrand, we may have forced Spain to hand over the Louisiana Territory, but what now? That land is useless right now, and we just need to focus on fighting those rascals in England. Oh, how will we get the money for our resources?
Perhaps, we could sell it to get our funds for the war...
It's alright, Mr. President. I will go make negotiations with Napoleon to see if he'll sell it to us. Livingston and I will head out to France soon.
Monroe, we need to get control of the New Orleans port, so we avoid problems with the other countries. We can also take advantage of the Mississippi River.
Well, I offer you the entire Louisiana Territory for $15 million. Now what do you think?
We would like to purchase the port of New Orleans and part of Florida for...$10 million. What do you say?
What great news! We shall all sign the treaty immediately.
What? The entire thing for only 5 million more? Yes...we'll take it!
Citizens, I invested money for your good. Now you can expand westwards in a country that's twice as large now!