Missouri Territory was the name given to what was left of the Louisiana Purchase.
At that same time our area was 408,895 square miles, not counting the recent Louisiana Purchase.
The Louisiana Purchase gave the young American nation what it needed—a place in the sun.
Twenty years later, in 1803, occurred the heap of jackstraws that led to the Louisiana Purchase.
The most important event of Jefferson's first administration was the Louisiana Purchase.
Before the Louisiana Purchase several bands had gone west of the Mississippi.
Upon the Louisiana Purchase, I have already touched; but not upon its diplomatic side.
His sympathy with the Western expansion culminated in the Louisiana Purchase.
President Jefferson had seen almost with the vision of prophecy the future of that distant portion of the Louisiana Purchase.
Indeed, it was then the belief of many of the ablest minds that we ought not to accept this Louisiana Purchase even as a gift.
The purchase by the United States from France of the huge Louisiana Territory in 1803. President Thomas Jefferson ordered the purchase negotiations, fearing that the French, then led by Napoleon, wanted to establish an empire in North America. The French had no such ambitions but were happy to exchange their vast landholdings for cash. The area that they sold, extending from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, more than doubled the size of the United States.