Louisiana purchase and Lewis and Clark (Lewis and Clark (President…
Louisiana purchase and Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark
President Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory.
WHAT: Lewis and Clark were a discovery group sent to explore the new territory
WHERE: Northern part of the US all the way to the Pacific Ocean
WHO: President Jefferson (Sent them), Lewis, Clark, Sacagawea (Indian women who guided Lewis and Clark)
WHY: To find a waterway from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean (there was none).
Explore the land
WHEN: From 1804 to 1806
President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon of France for $15 Million.
U.S. bought a land from France
Who make the Louisiana deal?
President Jefferson of the U.S. and Napoleon of France
US: When Spain gave the land to France (the stronger country) Jefferson was concerned about European powers selling what he believed to be American land. He was also nervous about the stronger country of France being right next to the US, which as a new country could be easily taken over. Lastly, he wanted to access to the Mississippi River (to ship goods and water crops)
France: Napoleon was fighting to expand his power in Europe and his territory of Haiti had just rebelled. Napoleon decided to give up his dream of an American empire to focus his efforts in Europe.