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What were the consequences of the Louisiana Purchase?

The consequences of the Louisiana Purchase were the enormous expansion in the size of territory controlled by the United States, control over the strategically important Port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River Basin, the removal of one major European imperial power, France, from the equation, and the facilitation of westward expansion. With the acquisition of these vast territories, President Jefferson was able to realize his vision of a major power that would eventually reach from coast to coast.

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The consequences of the Louisiana Purchase were the enormous growth of the area controlled by the newly established United States of America, control over the economically and militarily important port of New Orleans, the westward expansion of the United States, and the elimination from a sizable portion of North America of one of Europe’s main imperial powers, France.

The Louisiana Purchase was one of the most important developments in the nation’s history. For a fraction of its value, President Thomas Jefferson procured for the nascent nation he was elected to lead an enormous expanse of territory reaching from the Mississippi River Basin northward to the border with modern-day Canada and extending west into what is today New Mexico, Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming, and tens of thousands of square miles between those westernmost points and the Mississippi. Basically, roughly one-third of the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) today was comprised of the Louisiana territory...

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