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On April 30 1803 one of the greatest real estate deals in history took place It doubled the size of the country and put the United States in a position to become a world power The purchase of this land greatly increased the economic resources of the United States and it sealed the union of the Middle West and the East An even more astonishing detail is that this territory was obtained by peaceful means Through the nineteenth century New Orleans Louisiana served as a southern port of entry for immigrants entering the United States Many of these groups migrated to the north and west helping to populate the newly acquired territory and settle our nations western frontier The Louisiana Territory included much of what is now central United States It stretched from New Orleans in the south to the Canadian border in the north And it stretched from the Mississippi River on the east to the Rocky Mountains on the West The Louisiana Purchase sparked the famous exploration of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark Lewis and Clark From the beginning it was in Thomas Jeffersons plan to send an expedition west to explore the territory and the area beyond The main objective of these two explorers was to follow the Missouri River west and eventually find out if they could connect this river with an all-water route to the Pacific Ocean Although the men never found this all-water route they were productive during this expedition by taking notes of the lands economic potential They successfully made it across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean opening that entire western region to civilization Through their amazing adventure came the first reports of the American West Word Count 296
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