Thomas Jefferson in Newspapers

Louisiana Purchase

In 1803, the United States purchased around 828,000 square miles of land from France for less than three cents per acre. Called the Louisiana Purchase, this sale doubled the size of the United States and paved the way for westward expansion. Background In the early 1700s, France controlled the majority of what would become the …Read More

Map of Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark Expedition from May 1804 to September 1806, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States. It began near St. Louis, made its way westward, and passed through the continental divide to reach the Pacific …Read More