Select 3 states that joined the United States between 1792 and 1803.
The United States bought the Louisiana Territory because:
- Jefferson planned to buy all that land.
- Jefferson wanted the port of New Orleans only, but was offered the whole territory.
- The United States won in a war with France.
- Jefferson wanted to give it to Sacajawea and her followers.
New Orleans was important to America because farmers sent furs, tobacco, cattle, and furniture down the Mississippi River to Europe.
Jefferson was not sure he could buy the Louisiana Territory for the United States because it was not in the Constitution that a President could buy land.