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Question

1/Why did Napoleon sell the Louisiana Territory?
A. He needed money to continue his war effort and he found Louisianna appeared to be not worth the effort.
B. He wanted the United States to have more power and land than Spain.
C. Louisianna was part of a secret treaty with Jefferson.
D. Napolean agreed to sell the territory in return for assistance in the war with England and Spain.

2/How did James Monroe and Robert Livingston affect Jefferson's presidency?
A. They ended the attacks of the Barbury pirates.
B. They arranged the purchase of the Louisiana Territory.
C. Both explored the Louisiana Territory.

2 Answer

  • 1. A. He needed money to continue his war effort and he found Louisianna appeared to be not worth the effort.

    2. 
    B. They arranged the purchase of the Louisiana Territory.
  • 1- The correct answer is A. Napoleon needed money to continue his war effort in Europe, and he found Louisiana appeared to be not worth the effort.

    In 1803 the Louisiana was a territory of approximately 2 million km², bordering the north with the British possessions, the east with the Mississippi River and the south and west with the territories of Spain. It was populated by around 35,000 people (a third of them in New Orleans).

    The United States was looking for ways to control navigation on the Mississippi River, which led to negotiations with the regime of Napoleon Bonaparte, then First French Consul.

    For its part France was in a hurry to get rid of this colony that had obtained only two years ago, since the rich colony of Haiti had declared its independence from France, for which reason Louisiana had lost its strategic interest for the French.

    Napoleon then preferred to sell the colony to the Americans and not run the risk of losing it to the English.

    2- The correct answer is B. James Monroe and Robert Livingston affected Jefferson's presidency by arranging the purchase of the Louisiana Territory.

    On Saturday, April 30, 1803, the treaty that established the terms for the acquisition of Louisiana was signed by Robert Livingston, James Monroe and Barbe Marbois in Paris. Jefferson announced the treaty to the country on July 4.

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