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200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase

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200 years ago, on April 30, 1803 the United States made the Louisiana Purchase for $15 million, which about doubled the size of the country.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but this was a pretty big deal historically that barely gets mentioned now.

That’s 828,000 square miles at 4 cents per acre. Thank you, Frenchy.

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  • And in this instance, war brought about benefit to the U.S. (if I remember correctly, Napoleon’s war efforts were exhausting his money supply and so he sold the land to U.S. to finance his wars) Who’d a-thunkit?