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As the new america moved forward to make a better america they came across many hardships and decisions to make. Running a new place was not easily done. They needed money, time, and plans to start their new empire.

Thomas Jefferson viewed Louisiana as a bother to the states. Manifest destiny was a part of these times that people would want to take over large parts of land to keep fulfillment and power. He decided to buy this very large piece of land that was in his way of fulfilling the dream of a new part of the united states that would come to be.

Jefferson decided that he would buy Louisiana from napoleon. Napoleon at the time was the owner of Louisiana land.He was a very high level military official at a very young age. Napoleon had great ideas for the land like”his dream of a new world empire”(“The Brief American Pageant”) that he let go because”he failed to reconquer the sugar rich island of santo domingo..and because the British controlled the seas.”(“The Brief American Pageant”)  He foresaw problems that might arise later therefore decided to sell the land that he owned instead of letting things get more complicated. He sold the land for money that he could use for his next plan.

Jefferson saw the chance to buy the land that napoleon was selling. He sent his men to claim the land and buy it. “After about a week of haggling, the treaties were signed on April 30, 1803, ceding Louisiana to the united states for about $15 million.”(“The Brief American Pageant”)

The Louisiana purchase was a big chunk of land that was bought from napoleon. This land later was separated and named as states we now know today as South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and parts of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, and  North Dakota.

Some of the long term impacts that the purchase had on the United states was that they now expanded twice the size that they were before. There were more settlements built and more people coming in to build on the new land. One of the short term impact was that napoleon got his money which caused the u.s. to lose money.

Works Cited

Kennedy, David, Lizabeth Cohen, and Mel Piehl. The Brief American Pageant. 8th ed. Vol. 1:to 1877. Wadsworth 20 Channel Center Street Boston, MA 02210 USA: Suzanne Jeans, 2012. Print.



Jefferson did not miss the chance to buy the Louisiana land form Napolean which made a great impact on the history. In spite of the short comings of the deal, the size of the United States that got doubled after the Louisiana Purchase could not be outwitted which brought more control to the United States.




The Louisiana Purchase was the “most magnificent real-estate bargain in history – 828,000 square miles at about three cents an acre” (Kennedy).  Thomas Jefferson purchased roughly half the contiguous United States. The French needed money to fund Napoleon’s war, so they sold much of their interest in the United States, which happened to be a ton of land throughout the middle of the country.

The Louisiana Purchase came about because Napoleon “abandoned” his dream of a New World Empire (Kennedy). In which, he decided to sell all of Louisiana which stretched all across the United States reaching the states that we know today as: Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska; the area of Minnesota that is west of the Mississippi River; a large portion of North Dakota; a large portion of South Dakota; the northeastern section of New Mexico; the northern portion of Texas; the area of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide; Louisiana west of the Mississippi River (plus New Orleans). The second reason Napoleon sold Louisiana was the fact that he failed to reconquer the sugar-rich island of Santo Domingo (Haiti). The third reason he sold Louisiana was to “end the twenty-month lull in his deadly conflict with Britain. Because the British controlled the seas, and he feared that he might be forced to make them a gift of Louisiana (Kennedy).

The short and long-term impacts that the Louisiana Purchase made on the United States were as follows: One of the short term impacts that the Louisiana Purchase had on the United States was that Napoleon got the financing he needed to launch a new wave of wars of aggression and conquest across Europe. Also, another short term impact was that the “United States was free from the last significant European power from the North American continent” (Kennedy). Whereas, long term impacts was the spread of the USA as far west as the Pacific, and the destruction of the Native American population and appropriation of their lands – as a deliberate matter of state policy by successive US governments – during the rest of the 19th century.

Work Cited

Kennedy, David M., and Lizabeth Cohen. “Chapter 11: The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic.” The Brief American Pageant: A History of the Republic. 8th ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.


When Napoleon was losing interest on the dream of New World Empire, the whole land of Louisiana was sold to the United States. Otherwise, may be the United States had not owned the huge land mass in a short time. With many short coming of the Louisiana Purchase also, there are major benefits of the deal.




The Louisiana Purchase was a land deal made by the United States, more specifically James Monroe and Robert R. Livingston, with France, Napoleon Bonaparte. The deal was over ownership of most of the land going east of the United States, an estimate of 828,000 square miles, for the grand total of $15 million. Originally Thomas Jefferson set a budget at $10 million but had set his eyes primarily on the Mississippi region, which included New Orleans, and would try to get as much additional land as he could. For an extra $5 million, he was able to significantly expand the United States while also eliminating any remaining European power in the New World.

Before this purchase was made, Napoleon originally wanted his own part of the New World and was going through Spain to do so. Jefferson knew the kind of threat Napoleon would be if he claimed ownership to the Mississippi region, more specifically New Orleans, so he sent James Monroe to France to try and buy this region from him for a maximum budget of $10 million. James Monroe met up with Robert Livingston and both men negotiated with Napoleon for the land. Napoleon eventually dropped the idea of remaining in ownership of a part of the New Worlds and sold not only New Orleans but a bigger section of America. This was much more than what was being asked for and they knew they had to act fast. One of the bigger changes, besides the dramatic increase of land, was that of price. Jefferson had declared that $10 million was the maximum price, but rather Napoleon wanted $15 million. Not wanting to miss out on such a great deal, it was accepted. Napoleon got news that the deal was made but not for his set price. One would be upset if they hadn’t made the greatest land purchase for the country. This purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States.

The short term impacts of this purchase were that now that the United States had nearly doubled in size, would this new land consist of slave states or free states? In other words, this greatly increased the tension between the northern and southern states. Being that the United States had increased so drastically in such a short time frame, slavery was a pressing issue.

The longer term impact of this purchase was the desire to continue increasing the United States. After the Louisiana Purchase, the Americans believed that it was their given birthright to claim ownership from coast to coast. With this thought in mind, nothing would hold them back from claiming ownership of the land. This is how the destruction of the Native American population came to be. The Native Americans were the only ones who were in the way of the expansion and being that they were viewed as a threat, destruction was the only way seen possible to achieve their goal.



Kennedy, David, Lizabeth Cohen, and Mel Piehl. “1.” The Brief American Pageant. 8th ed. Vol. 1. Wadsworth Cengage Learning. Print.


Though this greatly increased the tension between the northern and southern states but the control over the Mississippi gave the United States a lot of benefits. Without the acquisition of the Louisiana land, the United States had never had the vast land area that it presently has. Yes, it is also true that the pressing issue of slavery become more prominent due to the drastically increase of the land area in such a short time.

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