Louisiana Purchase

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Explains the events that led Napoleon Bonaparte to sell the Louisiana Territory and the difficulties that Thomas Jefferson had in making the purchase that doubled the size of the United States.

Explains the events that led Napoleon Bonaparte to sell the Louisiana Territory and the difficulties that Thomas Jefferson had in making the purchase that doubled the size of the United States.

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Overview

Explains the events that led Napoleon Bonaparte to sell the Louisiana Territory and the difficulties that Thomas Jefferson had in making the purchase that doubled the size of the United States.

Explains the events that led Napoleon Bonaparte to sell the Louisiana Territory and the difficulties that Thomas Jefferson had in making the purchase that doubled the size of the United States.

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Children's Literature
As a new nation, threatening neighbors faced the United States in 1800. The British continued to control Canada to the north while Spanish interests in Florida and the western territories also exerted pressure upon the new republic. Confronted by such delimiting factors, President Thomas Jefferson set out to purchase additional land, thereby allowing for national growth. Initially, Jefferson was interested in buying New Orleans and some adjoining territory. Eventually, France's Emperor, Napoleon, offered a much vaster region for sale. In the end, The United States' representatives negotiated the purchase of a region more than 800,000 square miles in size for about three cents per acre. The Louisiana Purchase, as it was to be labeled, more than doubled the size of the fledgling United States. This deal also set the stage for the even greater expansion of the national borders to the Pacific and south to the current Mexican border. The story of the evolution of the Louisiana Purchase is told in this slim and illustrated volume. Readers will learn about the intricate bargaining that finally led to this amazing sale. This is a book filled with information and one that will interest readers who enjoy learning about history. 2002, Bridgestone Books, Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-These books are hybrids: they are jazzy, visually appealing, and interestingly written, but they also share elements of quality textbooks, focusing on the basic facts of each episode and providing explication of terms and sidebars with detailed notes. Each title provides a time line, suggestions for further readings (of fairly recent publication if not of exceptional quality), and related places of interest. The titles seem designed to enhance a unit of study, provide resources for reports, and perhaps engage students for whom history is a dull subject. However, with the overriding purpose of being accessible to elementary-or challenged middle school- readers, the complexities and nuances of American history are reduced to simplistic and abbreviated versions of events. For example, Oregon Trail introduces Marcus and Narcissa Whitman as examples of people who emigrated for religious purposes-but their ultimate fate (massacre by Cayuse Indians) is not mentioned. The Mormon emigration and Mexican War are each dispatched with two paragraphs, and the Transcontinental Railroad gets a brief page. If a library needs additional materials on these perennial curriculum topics, these books could work, but the World Book Encyclopedia provides as much information and Rhoda Blumberg's What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon & the Louisiana Purchase (National Geographic, 1998) and The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark (Morrow, 1995) cover both topics much better.-Nancy Collins-Warner, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736845076
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: Exploring the West Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 682,017
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


After graduating from Brown University, Elizabeth Dana Jaffe received her master’s degree in early education from Bank Street College of Education. Since then, she has written and edited educational materials. Elizabeth Dana Jaffe lives in New York City.
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