Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd president, got a great deal for America! When he became president in 1801, the United States only included the land from the east coast to the Mississippi River. Napoleon Bonaparte, the emperor of France, owned the land on the other side. Thomas Jefferson wanted to buy New Orleans from him because it was an important port city. When he asked, Napoleon needed money for wars he was fighting, so he surprised Jefferson by selling the entire Louisiana Territory! The 828,000 square miles were sold for just $150,000, which is less than four cents per acre! After Lewis and Clark explored and mapped it, they reported that it was beautiful and rich with resources! What a terrific purchase!
Verstegen, Lori. “The Louisiana Purchase” U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons.
Locust Grove: Institute for Excellence in Writing, 2016. Print. 92.