Why was the Louisiana Purchase important to the United States?
As ruler of France, Napoleon Bonaparte engaged his country in his desire for empire. So, when Spain signed a secret treaty in 1801 returning the Louisiana territory to France, many of the American settlers going West became worried that the Mississippi River and the strategic port of New Orleans at the mouth of the Mississippi might be closed to them. In addition, officials of the United States were concerned about Bonaparte, and how he might seek to dominate the port at the Gulf of Mexico and access to the Mississippi. Consequently, President Thomas Jefferson...
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The Louisiana Purchase was important to the United States because it not only gave the United States about 827,000 square miles of land for such a small price, but it also allowed the United States to become a much larger territory which would soon turn into new states. The land was very rich in valuable materials and this purchase could allow for the United States to create an even higher wealth than they imagined. This also gave them a lot more land and forests to farm and build houses and settlements onto.