Which geographic area was added to the United States by the Louisiana Purchase ?
The United States doubled in size as a result of the Louisiana Purchase. Originally, we wanted to buy New Orleans and West Florida from France for $10 million because wanted to be able to use the port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. However, France wanted to go to war in Europe. As a result, Napoleon needed money. Thus, Napoleon made us an unbelievable offer.
Napoleon offered us all of the Louisiana Territory for $15 million. This included New Orleans and all of the land west of the Mississippi River in the Great Plains up to the Rocky Mountains and as far north near the current border with Canada. The Louisiana Purchase didn’t include Texas. Jefferson hesitated to make the deal because the Constitution didn’t specifically give him the power to make such a deal. However, he was convinced to make the deal, and the size of our country doubled.
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