"Hoisting of American Colors over
Louisiana". Painting depicting first raising of the USA flag with
the Louisiana Purchase, in main plaza (now Jackson Square), New
Orleans. Ceremony was March 10, 1804
After the Northwest Ordinance was
written Tennessee and Kentucky asked to join the United States even
though they were not part of the Northwest Territory. Congress began
using the Northwest Ordinance rules for other territories. Tennessee
became a state in 1796 and Kentucky in 1792.
In 1796 John Adams was elected the
second President of the United States. In 1803 Ohio became the 17th
state. Thomas Jefferson was elected the third president.
From the Northwest Territory
farmers were sending furs, grains, whiskey, and tobacco down the
Mississippi to trade in Europe. New Orleans was a main link of
transportation. At this point New Orleans did not belong to the United
Spain had taken New Orleans from
France in 1762. In 1800 Spain secretly sold the land back to France.
Napoleon wanted the land for a
French empire in the Americas. Jefferson heard about the secret sale.
Jefferson knew Napoleon needed money because he was ready for another
war in Europe. By this time Napoleon no longer wanted the land in