How America Doubled Its Land


Ethan Shie, Journalist

     Could you imagine an America with barely any central states and southern states, well before a little more than 200 years ago, that was reality. The Louisiana purchase is one of the largest land purchases in all of world history being the largest one in American history. The land was originally owned by France and the states that were founded in this area include Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. This land also expanded upon North Dakota, South Dakota,Wyoming, Colorado Minnesota, New Mexico, and Texas.

     The Louisiana purchase was made in 1803 between France and of course America. America just got independence from Great Britain and wanted some more land so a 827,000 square mile deal sounded good. It only set them back 15 million dollars which sounds like a lot but is a good deal. Even if it was a bad deal I’m sure it would be worth it today, considering the United States is now a superpower. 

     Though the Louisiana purchase doubled the size of America’s original colonies, it wasn’t the only way they gained land. They had a few wars and claimed unclaimed territories, both these things I will not be talking about in this article but maybe the next one.

     The president during 1803 was Thomas Jefferson and even though he and many others supported the Louisiana purchase many opposed it. They thought Jefferson didn’t have the right to make such a big decision. With this purchase Spain might go to war over the land. The purchase was almost cancelled by Congress but failed in a nail biting 59-57 vote.

     After the Louisiana purchase went through Jefferson famously said, “I know that the acquisition of Louisiana has been disapproved by some … that the enlargement of our territory would endanger its union… The larger our association the less will it be shaken by local passions; and in any view is it not better that the opposite bank of the Mississippi should be settled by our own brethren and children than by strangers of another family?” Right indeed Thomas your ideas about growing our country worked out even though it was a bit of a gamble.

     In conclusion the Louisiana purchase is the most important land purchase in American history. It gave us seven states and improved eight. It provided housing for many people and let itself and its population grow. Even though it had its doubts an America today wouldn’t be the same without it.