The Louisiana Purchase Of 1803 Essay

1075 Words Nov 20th, 2016 5 Pages
The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 is one of the largest expansions in the history of the United States. With the country nearly doubled in size, the Louisiana Purchase brought up many debates on constitutionality, questions of what was in the new land, as well as questions about the existence of slavery within the newly acquired land. The look of the United States will change forever the amount of land acquired, both geographically and politically. The Louisiana Territory was originally claimed for France by the explorer Rene- Robert Cavelier La Salle in 1682 (Nelson). French King Louis XV had given the territory to his cousin Charles III of Spain in 1762. This is after the defeat of the French in the French and Indian War. This transition was to ensure that the British will not acquire Louisiana. The United States and Spain had created an agreement known as the Pickney Treaty in 1795. Spain still had control of Florida, but the treaty served as an agreement to deal with internal affairs. Another point in the Pickney Treaty is that it established the 31st parallel and St. Marys River as the northern boundary of Florida. Spain had given the United States the right to navigate the Mississippi river, which allowed the port of New Orleans to be open, which would allow commerce to flourish as a result. In 1800 Charles IV of Spain and Napoleon Bonaparte of France created a treaty in secret which had given the Louisiana Territory back to France from Spain. Spanish authorities…

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