The Louisiana Purchase


US History The Early Republic The Louisiana Purchase
Students learn about the major causes and effects of the Louisiana Purchase. Then, they use the information from multiple sources to prepare a timeline of events leading up to the signing of The Louisiana Purchase Treaty.

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In this experience, students learn about the major causes and effects of the Louisiana Purchase. Then, they use the information from multiple sources to prepare a timeline of events leading up to the signing of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty.

Objective:

  • Identify the causes and effects of the Louisiana Purchase.


In 1803, the United States purchased a large amount of French territory in North America that stretched from Canada to New Orleans and from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. This purchase, known as the Louisiana Purchase, is regarded as one of Thomas Jefferson’s greatest accomplishments while President. Jefferson purchased the 828,000 acres for $15 million—just about 4 cents an acre!

Objective:

  • Identify the causes and effects of the Louisiana Purchase.
Take a look at the map of the United States as it exists today. The green outline identifies the land that was purchased from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase.




Boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase as Recognized Today


Look at the area included in the Louisiana Purchase. Identify as many present-day states as you can. Separate states with a comma, like this: Atlanta, Boston.

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The present-day states included in the Louisiana Purchase were Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota, most of North and South Dakota, northeastern New Mexico, parts of Montana, Wyoming, Texas, and Colorado.

Mention to students that the land included in the Louisiana Purchase makes up about 23% of the territory in the entire United States.


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