The Louisiana Purchase - April 30
- 2016 30 Apr
The size of the U.S. doubled APRIL 30, 1803, with the Louisiana Purchase. Nearly a million square miles, at less than three cents an acre - it was the greatest land bargain in history! Of this land purchase from France, President Thomas Jefferson stated in his Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805: "I know that the acquisition of Louisiana has been disapproved by some from a candid apprehension that the enlargement of our territory would endanger the union, but who can limit the extent to which the federative principle may operate effectively?" Why did France sell the Louisiana Territory? Napoleon Bonaparte needed money quickly for his military campaigns, therefore he sold all the French controlled lands west of the Mississippi for just fifteen million dollars. Napoleon fought in Europe, Egypt and Russia, yet in 1815 he was banished to the tiny island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, where he commented to General Count de Montholon: "Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but upon what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force! But Jesus Christ founded His upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him."