Louisiana Purchase is considered the greatest real estate deal
in history. The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory
from France at a price of $15 million, or approximately
four cents an acre. The ratification of the Louisiana Purchase
treaty by the Senate on October 20, 1803, doubled the size
of the United States and opened up the continent to its
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American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and
Other Printed Ephemera
Governor Newton Blanchard issued a proclamation in
1904 that reproduced Governor William C. C. Claiborne's
1803 proclamation to the citizens of Louisiana.
this collection using the phrase "Louisiana Purchase"
to find more printed ephemera on this subject.
Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
Louisiana Purchase: Legislative Timeline 1802-1807
explores the role of Congress in the Louisiana Purchase
from 1802 to 1807, including ratification of the treaty,
establishment of a territorial government, confrontation
with Spain over boundary issues, and its limited role
in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
James Madison Papers
On July 29, 1803, three months after the signing of the
Louisiana Purchase treaty with France, Secretary of State
Madison wrote a letter to Robert Livingston and James
Monroe informing them that the treaty and related dispatches
had safely arrived in Washington, D.C.
this collection using the word "Louisiana" to
locate additional documents related to this topic.
European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase
This collection focuses on the various documents—from
maps to newspapers to cultural artifacts—that help
to describe the region of North America that stretched
from as far east as Alabama into what is now the state
of Montana. The 119 items presented here come from the
various special and general collections of the Library
of Congress. Includes the essay Louisiana:
European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase.
Includes a map
of Louisiana published in the 1804 edition of the
Arrowsmith & Lewis New and Elegant General Atlas.
or browse this collection to locate additional maps related
to the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript
Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately
27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original
Jefferson documents in the world.
on the word "Louisiana" to retrieve over one
hundred documents. For example, Jefferson's
Annual Message to Congress dated October 17, 1803,
discussed in great detail the recent purchase of Louisiana
from the French.
Back in Time: Senate Ratified the Louisiana Purchase
Treaty, October 20, 1803.
Treasures of the Library of Congress - Lewis and Clark
Provides maps and documents from the Lewis and Clark
Edens, Empire - Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of
This exhibition contains maps, images and documents
on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Before
Lewis & Clark section of this exhibition includes
documents and maps related to the Louisiana Purchase.
This exhibition focuses on the legacy of Thomas Jefferson--founding
father, farmer, architect, inventor, slaveholder, book
collector, scholar, diplomat, and the third president
of the United States. A section on the
West examines Jefferson’s role in the Louisiana
Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Explorer Meriwether Lewis
was born on August 18, 1774 near Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase treaty on
October 20, 1803.
Lewis & Clark Journey of Discovery, National
Louisiana Purchase and Associated Documents, The
Avalon Project at Yale Law School
Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial: A Heritage Explored,
Louisiana State University
Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Celebration: A Nation Reborn
1803-2003, Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Commission
Documents, The Louisiana Purchase Treaty, National
Archives and Records Administration
- Jefferson's West, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Cerami, Charles. Jefferson's Great
Gamble: The Remarkable Story of Jefferson, Napoleon and
the Men Behind the Louisiana
Purchase. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks, 2003. [Catalog
Fleming, Thomas J. The Louisiana
Purchase. Hoboken, N.J.:
John Wiley & Sons, 2003. [Catalog
Kastor, Peter J., ed. The Louisiana
Purchase: Emergence of an American Nation. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2002.
Kennedy, Roger G. Mr. Jefferson's
Lost Cause: Land, Farmers, Slavery, and the Louisiana
Purchase. New York: Oxford University
Press, 2003. [Catalog
Kukla, Jon. A Wilderness So Immense:
The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America. New York: A.A. Knopf : Distributed
by Random House, 2003. [Catalog
Rodriguez, Junius P., ed. The Louisiana
Purchase: A Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO,
Blumberg, Rhoda. What's the Deal?
Jefferson, Napoleon and the Louisiana Purchase. Washington, DC: National Geographic
Society, 1998. [Catalog
Burgan, Michael. The Louisiana Purchase. Minneapolis,
Minn.: Compass Point Books, 2002. [Catalog
Corrick, James A. The Louisiana Purchase. San Diego: Lucent
Books, 2001. [Catalog