The Louisiana Purchase doubled the landmass of the United States in 1803 and Jefferson sealed the deal for only $15 million. The United States gained access to the Great Plains, natural resources, and more territory. It seems like a no-brainer, but the Louisiana Purchase laid the foundations on which the slavery, Indian removal, and perpetual political division would lie.

The land acquisition opened access to areas beyond the Mississippi River, and it would later form states like Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. …

Zane Brown

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