The Louisiana Purchase

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How did the Louisiana Purchase affect the situation of the Native Americans in that region?

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In 1803, Thomas Jefferson wanted to open up trade routes through New Orleans and sent a delegation to Napoleon in France with an offer to buy the city for ten million dollars. However, Napoleon surprised the American delegation by offering the entire Louisiana territory for a mere fifteen million dollars. The bargain was too good to pass up, and Jefferson jumped at the chance to expand the western border of the United States. The purchase doubled the size of the country and provided room for the growing population to settle in new lands. However, there were already people living in the Louisiana Territory.

Before the Louisiana purchase, the native peoples did well. They were allowed to inhabit their traditional lands and participated in the French fur trade. The Spanish and French governments left them mostly untouched. That would all change when the United States purchased the land with the ideology of westward expansion.

The concept of Manifest Destiny was a later idea, but the roots...

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