Art In History

Art in History - Louisiana Purchase Learning Activity Kit

Join Art In History and explore the Louisiana Purchase, and the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson. In 1795, Spain was in control of the City of New Orleans. The United States received permission from Spain to navigate the Mississippi River into New Orleans. In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte the Emperor of France, forced Spain to return Louisiana to France and revoked the United States right to navigate. However at the time, Napoleon was fighting several wars and needed money the United States right to navigate. However at the time, Napoleon was fighting several wars and needed money. He offered to sell the United States the entire Louisiana Territory for $15 million, which is a cost of less than 3 cents per acre. Thomas Jefferson accepted the offer and appointed Meriwether Lewis to head an expedition of the new territory. This expedition also included a prominent explorer and mapmaker William Clark. During this era sugar was a valuable commodity and was kept in containers such as this. It was quite possible Lewis & Clark had sugar in something like this! Replicate your Louisiana Purchase Sugar Bowl today and let the learning begin! read more