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  • Also a steal of a deal of 828,000,000 square miles of territory for only $15 million!
  • Napolean
  • I need funds and I have this useless tract of land in the US, Louisiana. Ahaha! I could sell it to the Americans! They want the Port, do they want the rest?
  • Faced with of an all-out war with Britain and a Haitian Revolution; Napolean needed the funds to sustain his conquest.
  • When Jefferson sent James Monroe to ask the French if they could buy the Port, Napoleon offered the Americans the entire Louisiana territory.
  • James Monroe
  • For a truly free democracy, the people MUST be self-sufficient.  This  land expansion well help me achieve this...however....
  • Jefferson believed in following the Constitution as written. 
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Nowhere in the Consitution was it written that the government could buy land!
  • I hate it...but I have to use Hamilton's argument of implied power!
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Jefferson ended up buying the land. What came to be called the Lousiana Purchase gave Americans access to the Western half of the continent. This included The Mississippi, all the way to New Orleans! This gave frontier settlers easy access to the lucrative trade in the Gulf of Mexico
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  • New Orleans Harbor
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