The Louisiana Purchase

The Louisiana Purchase

eBook - 2003
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A renowned historians fascinating account of how the United States doubled its size In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory from France for 15 million. The purchase, which included over 600 million acres, extended the boundaries of the United States from the Mississippi River to the Rockies, ending French colonial ambitions in North America, adding lands that would become the better part of thirteen states, and fueling the idea of Westward expansion and Manifest Destiny.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley, [2003], ©2003
ISBN: 9780471484400
Branch Call Number: 973.46 Fl
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 186 pages)
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)

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Tony_Jeffers
Feb 07, 2015

This is a very well written book.
The Publisher Weekly review and the publisher's descriptions do an excellent job of giving an overview of this amazing story. I was surprised at how much I did not know about one of the most important purchases in history.
They do not however mention the significant role of Haiti! I wonder if this is do to subtle racism? The Publisher Weekly review does briefly mention the yellow fever in Santo Domingo (which was part of Haiti at the time) as the reason the arrival of French troops were delayed. But this doesn't paint an accurate picture of what was going on.
The only successful slave rebellion in history had just taken place on Haiti and the Haitian fight for Independence from France by black freedom fighters was the primary reason that Napoleon did not have the military might in the Americas he needed to hold onto the Louisiana Territory. So thanks to Haiti Neapolitan gave up his dream of a new French colony in America and offered it for sale to the United States at a bargain price to quickly raise funds to try to hold together his European Empire. Fortunately for the people of Europe that failed.
The United States is remiss in it's failure to acknowledge the debt it owes to this tiny impoverished nation. Though the yellow fever carrying Haitian mosquitoes killed far more French solders than the ex-slave black freedom fighters if not for the Haitian slave rebellion and the Haitian fight for Independence the Louisiana Territory might well be to this day a French colony.
There are a few problems mainly some of the French words and terms are not translated into English and the big problem is THERE ARE NO MAPS . The lack of maps makes it hard to follow all the geographical references so you will want an Atlas at your side when you read it.

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