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Louisiana Purchase for Kids

 

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Louisiana Purchase Activities on MrNussbaum.com

 
   

Louisiana Purchase State Identification Activity (online)

This activity requires students to identify the current states acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

   

Louisiana Purchase State Identification Activity (printable)

This activity requires students to identify the current states acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

   

Westward Expansion Interactive Scavenger Hunt

This activity allows students to explore the MrNussbaum.com Westward Expansion section by directing them to specific pages where they can find answers to the ten Westward Expansion-themed questions. Program gives immediate feedback.

   

Louisiana Purchase

 

The Louisiana Purchase has been described as the “greatest real estate deal in history.” In 1803, The United States government purchased the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon I of France for 60 million Francs, or, about $15,000,000. $11,250,000 was paid directly and the remainder was covered by French debt to U.S. citizens.

The Louisiana Purchase was consummated in order to secure free navigation of the Mississippi River. President Jefferson sent two negotiators – James Monroe and Robert Livingston to France to convince Napoleon I to sell the city of New Orleans. Time was of the essence because many viewed Napoleon’s acquisition of the Louisiana Territory as a means to invade the United States. Surprisingly, Napoleon offered not only New Orleans, but the entire Louisiana Territory for sale. Because a constitutional amendment authorizing the acquisition would take too long, and because Napoleon wanted the deal finalized quickly, Jefferson held the issue to a vote. Americans overwhelmingly voted in favor of purchasing the Louisiana Territory. Its 800,000 square mile area quickly doubled the size of the United States. Soon after the acquisition, Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on an expedition through the new lands in which hundreds of new animals were discovered as well as Native American tribes and a route to the Pacific Ocean.

 

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