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In 1803, the United States agreed to pay France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory—828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The United States doubled its size, expanding the nation westward. Beyond the geographic expansion, The Louisiana Purchase remade St. Louis into an American city—and reshaped and redefined what it meant to be an American. Featuring loans from the National Archives and documents and artifacts from the Missouri History Museum’s collections, the exhibition will explore the complex negotiations related to The Louisiana Purchase and its aftereffect on St. Louis. A highlight of the exhibition is the Treaty of Cession (in French), better known as The Louisiana Purchase Treaty. The Treaty was first drafted in French and then translated into English, so it can be said that the French text is the “original original.”
Organized by the Missouri History Museum in partnership with the National Archives.
Presented by Edward Jones, Emerson, and Wells Fargo.
With additional support by William T. Kemper Foundation.