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LOUSIANA PURCHASE (continued): • The huge purchase started as a negotiation for New Orleans and Western Florida, which actually stretched across the Gulf Coast to New Orleans and Baton Rouge at the time. Access to the port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River for trade and sustainability of the new United States depended on this. • The purchase of the Louisiana territory was for 827,987 square miles (2,144,476 sq km) for only $15,000,000! Even in those days it was a super deal! This acquisition doubled the size of the ‘new” country and greatly increased its status and economic power. • President Jefferson had appointed Robert R. Livingston, U.S. Minister to France and authorized him to purchase the City of New Orleans, portions of the east bank of the Mississippi River and free navigation of the river to allow for U.S. commerce. He was only authorized to spend up to $2,000,000. Now, he didn’t have email, a cell phone (or any phone for that matter!) so when news started leaking about possible revocation of the use of the port of New Orleans, decisions had to be made. • President Jefferson actually sent a special envoy, James Monroe, to assist Livingston and boosted the authorized spending to $10,000,000. When negotiations started, quick decisions were necessary. • Napoleon Bonaparte, the leader of France, decided he wanted to “unload” the entire Louisiana Territory! His ministers were ordered to find out what the U.S. was willing to pay for the entire area. Livingston and Monroe were confused and not sure what to do since this was beyond their authority. With quick thinking, knowing it could take months to get approval from the president, they decided to open immediate negotiations. Smart move, boys! Did you know the initial point from which all surveys of property within the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 were measured is in Arkansas? ROB’S RHYMES

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∫ On March 17, 461 A.D., Saint Patrick -- Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland -- dies in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade, though, took place not in Ireland, but the United States, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City in 1762. ∫ On March 19, 1842, French writer Honore de Balzac’s play “Les Ressources de Quinola” opens to an empty house thanks to a failed publicity stunt. Hoping to create a buzz for the play, the writer circulated a rumor that tickets were sold out. Unfortunately, most of his fans stayed home. ∫ On March 20, 1920, French automaker Bugatti delivers its first 16-valve car, to a customer in Switzerland. A symbol of 1. What state was the farthest west that was part of wealth and status, Bugatti automobiles were equipped with the Louisiana Purchase? massive racing engines. The renowned American dancer 2. How is Louisiana than allwhen of the Isadora Duncan was drivinglaw in adifferent 16-valve Bugatti her other 49 states of the U.S.? trademark long scarf caught in the rear wheel of the vehicle, 3. Louisiana does not have counties. They have and she was instantly strangled to death. _________. Jimmy wanted some Louisiana alligator What was the first commemorative goldand dollar ∫ On4.March 15, 1954, the Chords record shoes. Store prices were expensive so he “Sh-Boom” authorized to commemorate? kick off agonew era He of “doo-wop” decided to coin hunting. launched hismusic. boat intoDoo-wop hits included Howand successful was the saleStill of of the “Earth5.bayou Angel” by found the Penguins, “In the the Night” by the a nearby numerous alligators. commemorative dollars? of Love” by Monotones. HeFive wouldSatins pull aand gator“Book out, then throw himthe back,

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