New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_6515
Portrait of James Monroe (1758-1831). From a painting by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). Owned by Mr. T. Jefferson Coolidge. Boston, Massachusetts, 1912.
Who decided that the United States would purchase the Louisiana Territory from France?
How much did the United States pay for the Louisiana Territory?
Was this a good purchase? Why or why not?
How might United States history be different if the United States had not bought the Louisiana Territory from France?
What major coastal city did the United States gain with the Louisiana Purchase?
What role did James Monroe play in the Louisiana Purchase?
What else is James Monroe famous for?
Research the political parties in the United States at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. To which parties did Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, James Monroe, and Robert Livingston belong? What did members of the different political parties think about the Louisiana Purchase?
Math: About how many dollars per square mile did the United States pay for the Louisiana Territory? If there are 640 acres in one square mile, about how much per acre did the United States pay? Does your number match the amount given by other sources?
Science: Choose five plants or animals that Lewis and Clark discovered on their expedition across Louisiana Territory. Make a booklet including one page for each discovery. For each discovery, draw a picture of the plant or animal, write its common and Latin names, describe the location and climate where it is found, and include any interesting facts about the species.
English Language Arts: Many of Thomas Jefferson’s opponents said that the Louisiana Territory was a worthless purchase and that Jefferson did not have the authority to purchase it without the approval of Congress. Chose a side and write a speech arguing for or against the United States’ purchase of the Louisiana Territory.
Adler, David. Picture Book of Lewis and Clark. Holiday House, Inc., May 2003. ISBN: 0823417956
Randsom, Candice. Lewis and Clark (History Maker Bios Series). July 2002. ISBN: 0760733902
Myers, Laurie. Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale. Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, August 2002. ISBN: 0805063684