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Author: Deaver Brown Narrator: Deaver Brown Publisher: Simply Magazine Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781614960652
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The Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition by the United States of America of 828,000 square miles (2,140,000 sq km) of the French territory Louisiane in 1803. The cost was sixty million francs ($11,250,000) plus cancellation of debts worth eighteen million francs ($3,750,000). Including interest, the US finally paid $23,213,568 for the Louisiana territory. The Louisiana Purchase encompassed portions of fifteen current US states and two Canadian provinces and was an important moment in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson.

At the time, it faced domestic opposition as being possibly unconstitutional. Although he felt that the US Constitution did not contain any provisions for acquiring territory, Jefferson decided to purchase Louisiana because he felt uneasy about France and Spain having the power to block American trade access to the port of New Orleans.

This is a live lecture given at Harvard, with all of the paper shuffling, hesitations, and background noise of such an event. Twice the narrator refers to the Missouri River, off the Mississippi, as the Mississippi without referencing the branch. The author also notes that no one knows the proper pronunciations of important Indian names of those days because there were no audio recordings to authenticate those names. The author also emphasizes that the Louisiana Purchase is a generally underestimated event in American history and deserves at least some attention. This live lecture has many of these sidebars not available on strictly adhered-to written works. Enjoy the spontaneity and enthusiasm of the author and narrator.

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About the Author

Deaver Brown is an author and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and his books include Crucial Conversations, Presidential Wisdom, George Washington: Farewell Address, and numerous others.