Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn March 10, 1804, France officially transferred ownership of the Louisiana Territory to the United States. President Thomas Jefferson had acquired—purchased—the Louisiana Territory almost a year earlier, for the price of about $15 million (about $312.5 million, adjusted for inflation). The ceremony took place in St. Louis, Missouri, earning the city its nickname “Gateway to the West.”With the Louisiana Purchase, the Mississippi River, on which St. Louis sits, really did become the gateway to the west. The river formed the eastern boundary of the Louisiana Territory—a vast region stretching from the Mississippi Delta to what are now the Canadian borders of Montana and North Dakota.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry acquire Verb
to get or take possession of.
a slope of land adjoining a body of water, or a large elevated area of the sea floor.
natural or artificial line separating two pieces of land.
Encyclopedic Entry: border boundary Noun
line separating geographical areas.
Encyclopedic Entry: boundary ceremony Noun
activities to celebrate or commemorate an event.
corps Plural Noun
group of people acting together, or with a similar purpose.
the flat, low-lying plain that sometimes forms at the mouth of a river from deposits of sediments.
Encyclopedic Entry: delta depart Verb
increase in the price of goods and services.
the geographic features of a region.
Encyclopedic Entry: landscape Louisiana Purchase Noun
(1803) land bought by the United States from France, extending from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, and Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
Encyclopedic Entry: region territory Noun
land an animal, human, or government protects from intruders.
to pass or switch from one to another.
huge and spread out.