The Louisiana Purchase AKA Jefferson's folly

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)

Yup...this guy did not need an extra 15 mil.

Purchase Price: 15 million dollars

JK,.. this is worth WAY more than 15 million.
This one is still pretty nice though!

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

Don't look like they are ready to spend 2 years in the wilderness do they?

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.

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence.

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, Native American Woman

Sacagawea was an interpreter for the expedition. She and her family traveled with the explorers for a large portion of their trip.

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