The western boundary of the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase stretches through multiple states. The vast area starts in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.Continue Reading
The Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803 and refers to the land that the United States purchased from France. The vast area acquired included 530 million acres purchased for $15 million.
The acquisition of land resulted in France's failed plans to settle its territory. The French army suffered losses from yellow fever and was on the verge of war with England. This prompted the sale of the land and the end of French occupation of the territory.Learn more about US History
The major benefits of the Louisiana purchase were the vast expansion of the territory of the United States and the acquisition of an abundance of natural resources for a modest price. It removed France as a colonizing presence in the area and gave the United States the important port of New Orleans and the trading channel of the Mississippi River.Full Answer >
France was willing to sell the Louisiana Territory because Napoleon decided that it was too expensive to try to hold such a vast amount of land in the western hemisphere, and he needed the money for an upcoming war with England. Other factors were a French military failure in Haiti, the weakness of the French navy and the French inability to control the American pioneer movement heading west.Full Answer >
Territorial acquisition is the acquiring of territory or land along with all it contains through various means, including war, treaties and purchase. After the American Revolution, the 13 American colonies sought territorial acquisitions in an effort to expand boundaries.Full Answer >
The causes of westward expansion were the purchase of the Louisiana territory from France, the Lewis and Clark expedition, President Thomas Jefferson's vision of expanding into the available land to create an "empire of liberty" and a growing sense of American "manifest destiny." The effects included controversies over the slavery issue, which led to the Civil War, the persecution and extermination of Native Americans and the war with Mexico.Full Answer >