Louisiana Purchase Facts:
Date: July 4, 1803
Purchased From: France (Actually Napoleon Bonaparte cause he wanted to take over the world and he needed the dough)
Purchase Price: 15 million dollars
Result: Effectively Doubled The Size of The United States
If we wanted to do that today we would have to buy Canada for about 599.86 BILLION.
Lewis and Clarke
President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the expedition shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It comprised a selected group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark. Their perilous journey lasted from May 1804 to September 1806. The primary objective was to explore and to map the newly acquired territory, to find a practical route across the western half of the continent, and to establish an American presence in this territory before Britain and other European powers tried to claim it.
The campaign's secondary objectives were scientific and economic: to study the area's plants, animal life, and geography, and to establish trade with local Native American tribes. With maps, sketches, and journals in hand, the expedition returned to St. Louis to report its findings to Jefferson.
Sacagawea was an interpreter for the expedition. She and her family traveled with the explorers for a large portion of their trip.