The Louisiana Purchase A Story of westward expansion

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson began negotiations with Napoleon for the port at New Orleans and the land known as the Louisiana Territory. For fifteen million dollars, the United States acquired about 828,000 square miles of land.

After buying the land, in 1803, President Jefferson picked Lewis and Clark to explore the land that had been added to the United States.

In May of 1804, Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, headed west, to explore the Louisiana Purchase and beyond to the West coast.

In November of 1804, Lewis and Clark hire a french fur trader and his wife, Sacajawea to serve as interpreters on their journey to the Pacific Ocean.

Lewis and Clark, and their accompanying crew, reach the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805 and return home the following spring.

As a result of the Louisiana Purchase, the Rocky Mountains were explored and the United States learned more about the land in the West that would eventually make up the rest of the continental United States.


Created with images by Joaquín Martínez Rosado - "U.S. Territorial Acquisitions" • Rexburg Historical Society - "#579 Meriwether Lewis" • Rexburg Historical Society - "#578 William Clark" • LukeDetwiler - "Rocky Mountain Larch"

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