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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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