Only Known Document Signed by Lewis and Clark in Private Hands May Fetch $100,000+ at Heritage
In July, 1803, the United States – at the price of four cents an acre (totaling $15 million) – purchased 828,000 square miles of land from France. The Louisiana Purchase was arguably the most important land deal of the 19th century, doubling the size of the United States and giving it control of the important port city of New Orleans.
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