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Louisiana Purchase

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Old West History Made Easy1) The Louisiana Purchase (French: Vente de la Louisiane "Louisiana Sale") was the acquisition by the United States of America of 828,800 square miles of the French territory Louisiana in 1803.  The cost was $11,250,000 plus cancellation of debts worth $3,750,000. 
Including interest, how much did the U.S. finally pay for the Louisiana territory?

  1. $23,213,568

  2. $46,426,026

  3. $66,413,068

2) Through Pinckney's Treaty signed with Spain on October 27, 1795, American merchants had "right of deposit" in New Orleans, meaning they could use the port to store goods for export. Americans also used this right to transport products such as flour, tobacco, pork, bacon, lard, feathers, cider, butter, and cheese. The treaty also recognized American rights to navigate the entire Mississippi River which had become increasingly vital to the growing trade of their western territories.

  • True or False?

3) Napoleon Bonaparte returned Louisiana to French control from Spain in 1800, under the Treaty of San Ildefonso (Louisiana had been a Spanish colony since 1762.)  However, the treaty was kept secret, and Louisiana remained under Spanish control until a transfer of power to France.

When did the transfer become finalized?

  1. November 30, 1800

  2. November 30, 1801

  3. November 30, 1803

4) Who did President Thomas Jefferson send to Paris to purchase New Orleans?

  1. Robert R. Livingston

  2. Malcolm S. George

  3. Ira Hayes

5) Napoleon's foreign minister, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, was vehemently opposed to selling Louisiana since it would mean an end to France's secret plans for a North American empire.

  • True or False?

6) How much was the United States willing to pay for just New Orleans?

  1. $5,000,000

  2. $10,000,000

  3. $25,000,000

7) The treaty was signed in Paris on May 2, 1803. 
When did the signed treaty reach Washington D.C.

  1. June 14, 1803

  2. July 14, 1803

  3. August 14, 1803

8) The United States Senate ratified the treaty with a vote of twenty-four to seven on October 20. 
What was the vote?

  1. Sixteen to fifteen

  2. Twenty-four to seven

  3. Thirty to one

9) Where did France turn over New Orleans on December 20, 1803?

  1. The Cabildo

  2. The White House

  3. Bourbon Street

10) Plans were also set forth for a mission to explore and chart the territory, which would become known as the Mackenzie's Westward Expedition.

  • True or False?

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Louisiana Purchase

1) A.  2) True  3) C.  4) A.  5) True  6) B.  7) B.  8) B.  9) A.  
) False.  It was the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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