The Lousianna purchase

November 6, 2013 at 9:46 am 3 comments

                     Napoleon and the New World

Frances exploration of the Mississippi area took place in the early 17th century, when Napoleon over through the French government and took over (and got into another war with Britain). He sought to dominate the whole Mississippi region so that he could have access to the Mexican Gulf.  Mississippi, Louisiana, and the New Orleans area have a lot of French influence due to their settling in the 17th century. America seeing this began to fear that France would try and take over and that they would have to ally themselves with Britain.   Thomas Jefferson said, “The Day that France takes possession of the New Orleans… we must marry ourselves with British fleet and nation.” Thomas Jefferson thought that we could attempt and purchase the land as a way to keep the peace. At the time Napoleon was not interested, but said he would keep it in mind. France then got into another war with Britain and running out of money soon looked to America as its source of income by selling their land in the American west. Napoleon sold the land to America hoping to pay for his war. If I was Napoleon at the time, I would have done the same thing, but it was an act of desperation.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. linkasourous  |  November 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Why would you have done the same thing as Napolean?

    • 2. vebramos  |  November 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      HE was running out of money and the land really wasn’t ding him a thing other than just being there, so he could say that he has land in America?

  • 3. monguinhandel  |  November 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

    your quote goes on long nicely with your blog


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