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  • France was led by Napoleon Bonaparte, a powerful ruler who had conquered most of Europe. He had dreamed of rebuilding Frances north american empire.
  • Napoleon sent troops to conquer Louisiana but they were defeated in 1802. The defeat ended Napoleon's hope of rebuilding a north american empire.
  • The Americans ambassador got a surprising offer during his negotiations with french foreign minister Charles Talleyrand.
  • When the Americans tried to buy new Orleans, Talleyrand offered to sell all of Louisiana. With Napoleons hope for a north american empire, he had turned his attention back to Europe.
  • Livingston and Monroe quickly accepted the French offer to sell Louisiana for $15 million. the news pleased Jefferson. But as a strict constructionist, he was troubled.
  • After the purchase they decided to double the U.S .
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