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Which city was the starting point for the exploration?

Beginning at St. Louis, Missouri, the expedition travelled up the Missouri River to the Great Divide, and then down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean.

Why did Spain give France the Louisiana Territory?

In 1802 Bonaparte forced Spain to return Louisiana to France in the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso. Bonaparte’s purpose was to build up a French Army to send to Louisiana to defend his “New France” from British and U.S. attacks.

Why did France lose all of its Louisiana Territory in 1763?

As a result of its defeat in the Seven Years’ War, France was forced to cede the east part of the territory in 1763 to the victorious British, and the west part to Spain as compensation for Spain losing Florida. France regained sovereignty of the western territory in the secret Third Treaty of San Ildefonso of 1800.

What future US president traveled to France to make the deal?

In response, Jefferson sent future U.S. president James Monroe to Paris to aid Livingston in the New Orleans purchase talks. In mid-April 1803, shortly before Monroe’s arrival, the French asked a surprised Livingston if the United States was interested in purchasing all of Louisiana Territory.

Why did the US want Louisiana Territory?

President Thomas Jefferson had many reasons for wanting to acquire the Louisiana Territory. The reasons included future protection, expansion, prosperity and the mystery of unknown lands.

Who sold the Louisiana territory to the United States?


Did Thomas Jefferson have the authority to purchase the Louisiana Territory?

Jefferson was authorized by Congress to offer up to $10 million for this tract of land. Jefferson knew the offer of $15 million for this vast tract of land was a bargain, and he did not want too much time to pass for fear that Napoleon might take back his offer.

Did Thomas Jefferson’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory violate the Constitution?

The ability to buy property from foreign governments was not among these powers listed the Constitution – a fact that his political opponents, the Federalists, were eager to point out to the President. Instead, Jefferson considered a constitutional amendment the only way to conclude the deal with France.