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The Louisiana Purchase

A Global Context

By Robert D. Bush

Routledge – 2014 – 206 pages

Series: Critical Moments in American History

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Description

In 1803, the United States purchased 828,000 square miles of land from France at a price of approximately three cents per acre, dramatically altering the young nation’s geography and its political future. President Thomas Jefferson had struggled for three years over the purchase, which many believed to be unconstitutional, during which time the land changed hands between the French and the Spanish. In perhaps the nation's most formative development since the Revolutionary War, the deal secured the U.S. territory that would become fifteen new states, sparked intense public argument about the American Frontier, and ensured Jefferson a complicated legacy in American history.

With special attention to the diplomatic and constitutional background of the purchase, The Louisiana Purchase examines the event in the context of the Atlantic world, including the impact of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars in Europe, colonial revolutions in the Caribbean, and the westward expansion of the U.S. population. In five concise chapters bolstered by primary documents including treaties, letters, and first-hand observations, Robert D. Bush introduces students to the political history of this momentous land acquisition.

Contents

Preface

1. The Louisiana Purchase: A Global Context, Background

2. Louisiana in Spanish Global Policy, 1763-1802

3. Louisiana in French Global Policy, 1800-1803

4. Louisiana in American Domestic and Global Policy, 1800-1803

Documents

Author Bio

Robert D. Bush is an Instructor of history at Front Range Community College.

Name: The Louisiana Purchase: A Global Context (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Robert D. Bush. In 1803, the United States purchased 828,000 square miles of land from France at a price of approximately three cents per acre, dramatically altering the young nation’s geography and its political future. President Thomas Jefferson had...
Categories: American History, American Southern History, Imperial & Colonial History, World/International History, Diplomatic History, Political History, Foreign Policy, American Politics, Government, International Relations, U.S. Politics, American Political Development