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Question:

Why did the United States want to double in size?

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Actually, all President Thomas Jefferson wanted was to buy was a piece of the port of New Orleans, which at the time was owned by France. But Napoleon needed money to fight a war with England. So he sold the US government a lot more land than they had expected to buy, and for very little money per acre. In fact, Napoleon sold the US govenment so much land that the United States doubled in size. The Louisiana Purchase