On March 10, 1804, France handed over millions of acres of land to the United States. This land, called the Louisiana Territory, was nicknamed the “Louisiana Purchase” after President Thomas Jefferson bought (purchased) it for about $15 million the year before. The Louisiana Purchase stretched all the way from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border!The ceremony handing over the Louisiana Purchase to the United States took place in St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. Before the Louisiana Purchase, the Mississippi River was the western border of the U.S. After the Louisiana Purchase, the Mississippi River was in the middle of the country. West of the river, there were millions of acres of unexplored land. This is why St. Louis is nicknamed the “Gateway to the West.”
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.