The Louisiana Purchase
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The Louisiana Purchase

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What was the cost of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803?

15 million dollars

Which country did the United States want to secure itself from through the Louisiana Purchase?

All of the above

What did the Louisiana Purchase give the U.S. complete control of?

The Mississippi River

What was the most important port for southern international trade in 1803?

<p>New Orleans</p> Signup and view all the answers

What did the Louisiana Purchase enable the possibility of discovering?

<p>A Northwest Passage</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the initial amount President Thomas Jefferson planned to pay for New Orleans?

<p>$10 million</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why did France propose the Louisiana Purchase?

<p>To fund Napoleon Bonaparte's European war efforts</p> Signup and view all the answers

What led to tensions between Spain and American merchants?

<p>Revocation of the right to use the river and the port at New Orleans</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was a significant concern in the U.S. Congress regarding the Louisiana Purchase?

<p>Concerns about executive power, slavery, and the composition of the electorate</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the immediate impact of the Louisiana Purchase on the size of the nation's territory?

<p>It doubled the size of the nation's territory</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the primary aim of the Corps of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark?

<p>To find the Northwest Passage, explore the territory, establish trade, and assert American sovereignty over Native populations</p> Signup and view all the answers

What accelerated the settlement of the Louisiana Purchase territory in the 1840s?

<p>The Gold Rush</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was Jefferson's vision for dealing with Native Peoples in the acquired territory?

<p>To subjugate Native Peoples via treaty, settling them into farming communities, but ultimately, they were removed by force</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the main impact of the Louisiana Purchase on the size of the US?

<p>It doubled the size of the US</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the ultimate outcome of the forced resettlement of Native peoples in the acquired territory?

<p>The conquest of the western lands and the forced resettlement of Native peoples took about 80 years from the time of the Purchase until the late 1880s</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Exploration and Settlement of the Louisiana Purchase

  • The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the US and removed the threat of French invasion from the south.
  • America, the Beautiful, is an unofficial national anthem of the US.
  • The acquisition of the territory made the idea of US territory stretching from sea to shining sea more likely to become a reality.
  • The purchase included 828,000 square miles, now comprising parts of 15 states and a bit of land in Canada.
  • The Corps of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark aimed to find the Northwest Passage, explore the territory, establish trade, and assert American sovereignty over Native populations.
  • The Corps of Discovery reached the Pacific Ocean after a challenging journey and established a foothold in the Oregon territory.
  • Throughout the 19th century, Army units were dispatched to clear the territory of Native resistance and secure areas for American settlement.
  • Families came to the territory in wagon trains once the Oregon Trail was cleared, and settlers were given or sold land inexpensively.
  • The Gold Rush in the 1840s accelerated settlement, and the expansion of railroad lines further drove it.
  • Jefferson's vision was to subjugate Native Peoples via treaty, settling them into farming communities, but ultimately, they were removed by force.
  • The conquest of the western lands and the forced resettlement of Native peoples took about 80 years from the time of the Purchase until the late 1880s.

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Test your knowledge of the exploration and settlement of the Louisiana Purchase with this insightful quiz. Learn about the expansion of the US, the Corps of Discovery, Native American interactions, and the impact of the Gold Rush and railroad expansion.

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