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Louisiana Purchase

The French should choke to death on the Louisiana Purchase (1803) while silkworms ate all the Chinese with their stupid pigtails.
Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  territory in the western United States purchased from France in 1803 for $15 million when Napoleon was involved in a European war; extends from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada
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The land included in the purchase comprises around 23% of the territory of the United States today.

The purchase was a pivotal moment in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. At the time, it faced domestic opposition as being possibly unconstitutional. Although he felt that the US Constitution did not contain any provisions for acquiring territory, Jefferson decided to purchase Louisiana because he felt uneasy about France and Spain having the power to block American trade access to the port of New Orleans.  (retrieved 9/26/08)
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  • The French should choke to death on the Louisiana Purchase (1803) while silkworms ate all the Chinese with their stupid pigtails.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • (Facing out) Well—I was really ready to make a speech about the Monroe Doctrine, but at the last minute Miss Corcoran made me talk about the Louisiana Purchase instead.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • The Louisiana Purchase was ratified in 1803, and Louisiana became a state in 1812.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Were it not for John Adams making peace with France, there might never have been a Louisiana Purchase.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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  • Jefferson authorized the Louisiana Purchase from the French and it turned out to be a pretty good deal!
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • Many Acadians found their way to Louisiana, still ruled by France until the Louisiana Purchase, and they settled mainly in rural areas.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • In 1903 the Chicago House Wrecking Company bought the wheel at auction for $8,150, then reassembled it at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The newlyweds left on the train for the World’s Fair and Louisiana Purchase Centennial Exposition that had opened (a year late) in St. Louis.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Louisiana Purchase [8] , California Gold Rush [9] , War of 1812 [7] , Spanish-American War [8] , California Gold Rush [9] , Monroe Doctrine [9] , Rough Riders [9]
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