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The Louisiana Purchase
Imagine buying good land for four cents an acre.
That's what President Thomas Jefferson did. Why would the
emperor of France be willing to sell his land in North America
to the United States?
To find out, go to http://www.gatewayno.com/History/LaPurchase.html.
What were Napoleon Bonaparte's plans for the land that
he ended up selling? Why did he give up this plan? What are the
main reasons he decided to sell the land to the United States?
At the end of this site is a map showing the Louisiana Purchase.
What states are now located there?
Go to http://www.crt.state.la.us/crt/tourism/studentbrochure/purch.htm.
How does the second paragraph explain why the Louisiana Purchase was different
from other land acquisitions in history?
Based on what you've learned, write a dialogue between
James Monroe and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Louisiana Purchase Teacher's Notes
Grade Levels: 48
Time Required: 1 class period.