Expansion of the Nation
In the mid-1790s, the eastern boundary of the vast region then known as Louisiana ran along the Mississippi River from the settlement and port of New Orleans in the South to wh...
Excerpt from "The Cession of Louisiana"
Signed on April 30, 1803
Published in Documents of American History, edited by
Henry S. Commager, 1943
In January 1803, Congres...
The Louisiana Purchase
"Let the land rejoice, for you have bought Louisiana for a song."
- General Horatio Gates to President Thomas Jefferson, July 18, 1803
The purchase of the Louisiana Territor...