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1 The Louisiana Purchase “The greatest real estate deal in history.”

2 The Louisiana Purchase Key Questions Why did the United States buy the Louisiana Purchase? Why did the United States buy the Louisiana Purchase? Who were the significant people involved in the Purchase and exploration? Who were the significant people involved in the Purchase and exploration? How did this Purchase affect the United States? How did this Purchase affect the United States?

3 The Louisiana Purchase Who lives in the land to our West? What is the land like? Does the Mississippi River connect to the Pacific Ocean? Who can I send to explore this new land? Thomas Jefferson portraits/presidents/

4 The Louisiana Purchase In 1803 President Jefferson sent James Monroe to Paris to negotiate with Napoleon (French ruler) for the Louisiana territory In 1803 President Jefferson sent James Monroe to Paris to negotiate with Napoleon (French ruler) for the Louisiana territory For $15 million the U.S. purchased the territory, about 4 cents/acre For $15 million the U.S. purchased the territory, about 4 cents/acre Largest land deal in history! Largest land deal in history! Land extended from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains Land extended from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains

5 The Louisiana Purchase

6 Key Figures in the Louisiana Purchase

7 Thomas Jefferson (purchaser) Third President of the United States Third President of the United States Sent Lewis and Clark to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase Sent Lewis and Clark to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase Sent Robert R. Livingston and James Monroe to negotiate with the government of Napoleon I for the sale of New Orleans Sent Robert R. Livingston and James Monroe to negotiate with the government of Napoleon I for the sale of New Orleans

8 Napoleon Bonaparte (seller) Ruler of France during the Louisiana Purchase Ruler of France during the Louisiana Purchase One of the greatest military commanders in history One of the greatest military commanders in history Needed $ for war Needed $ for war

9 James Monroe (Negotiator) Study law under the governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Study law under the governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Involved in the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase in France, Spain and England Involved in the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase in France, Spain and England Eventually became fifth President of the United States Eventually became fifth President of the United States

10 Robert R. Livingston (Negotiator) Appointed resident minister at the court of Napoleon by President Jefferson Appointed resident minister at the court of Napoleon by President Jefferson Negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with the French Negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with the French

11 Lewis and Clark (explorers) Jefferson assigned two skilled frontiersmen, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark the task of mapping the Louisiana Territory Jefferson assigned two skilled frontiersmen, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark the task of mapping the Louisiana Territory Lewis & Clark traveled with a crew of 45 explorers and kept detailed journals Lewis & Clark traveled with a crew of 45 explorers and kept detailed journals

12 Sacagawea (Guide/Interpreter) Wife of a French- Canadian fur trader Wife of a French- Canadian fur trader Hired by Lewis & Clark as guides and interpreters Hired by Lewis & Clark as guides and interpreters She showed explorers where to fish, to hunt, and to find wild vegetables She showed explorers where to fish, to hunt, and to find wild vegetables She also helped trade supplies with American Indians She also helped trade supplies with American Indians

13 The Louisiana Purchase Goals of the Expedition 1. Search for water route to Pacific Ocean 2. Establish relationship with Native Americans 3. Pay close attention to the soil and face of the country


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