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A close-up on: 1803: the purchase of Louisiana by the US from France

 

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<i>Louisiana Purchase Treaty © NARA (USA)</i>

Louisiana Purchase Treaty © NARA (USA)


After many twists and turns, France finally regained her erstwhile colony from Spain, only to sell it immediately to the young United States, the latter thus doubling its land mass by a stroke of the pen.


 

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