What was the Louisiana Purchase? 


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In 1803, the United States government bought 500,000,000 acres of land at approximately 3 cents an acre from Napoleon of France! That piece of land was known as the Louisiana Purchase. With this one purchase, Napoleon gained the money he needed to fight a war with England, and the United States gained enough land to double in size. Even today, the Louisiana Purchase still ranks as one of the best real estate deals in history. The Louisiana Purchase