Louisiana Purchase (1803): The Lewis And Clark Expedition

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1. Louisiana Purchase (April 2, 1803): Jefferson purchases the 800,000-square-mile Louisiana Territory from French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte for $15 Million, or roughly 4 cents an acre, effectively doubling the size of the United States overnight. This event lead to making the U.S bigger in size which helped with expanding population. 2. Lewis & Clark Expedition (June 20, 1803): Jefferson charters the Lewis and Clark expedition—led by his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis—to survey the new Louisiana Territory, establish friendly relations with the American Indian tribes living inland, and search for a Northwest Passage allowing easy travel to the Pacific. This event lead to finding a water passage that helped the U.S with trading goods

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