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Documents and Interpretive Sites Related to the Purchase

  • The United States Census Bureau has prepared a special edition its e-newsletter Facts and Figures with information about the population at the time of the Purchase and its effect on the nation.
  • New Orleans Public Library, Louisiana Division/City Archives’ exhibition “A Great and Growing City: New Orleans in the Era of the Louisiana Purchase” tells the story of New Orleans during the fifteen years between 1797 and 1812. It uses original documents, map, and books to illustrate the social, economic, and political life of the Crescent City as it passed from Spanish to French and then to American control.
  • The Avalon Project at Yale Law School mounts transcriptions of documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. The Louisiana Purchase documents include treaties, statutes, and Jefferson’s messages to Congress.
  • The History Buff website includes transcriptions of news reports concerning the Louisiana Purchase ( published in theColumbian Centinel and Massachusetts Federalist between March 16 and November 30, 1803.
  • Library of Congress’s “America’s Story from America’s Library” pages feature one page on the Louisiana Purchase ( with links on how to learn more.
  • Louisiana’s Old State Capitol presents “The Louisiana Purchase Exhibit.” The online exhibition represents a portion of the exhibition shown on site through May 15, 2003.
  • “The Louisiana Purchase” by Pierce Mullen, Emeritus Professor of History, Montana State University, Bozeman (, includes sections on “Liberty’s Rainbow,” “Buying the Dream,” “The Bottom Line,” “So Vast a Land,” and “Mapping the Future.” Related sites include “Side Lights” by Joseph Mussulman, which provides information about the key players in the deal, what the deal included, a territorial timeline, and a history of colonial Louisiana and the territory’s subsequent development to 1912. The site is part of “Discovering Lewis & Clark” (, a legacy web site since 1998, focusing on “persistent issues, core values, and changing visions … from the decade of the Expedition, tracing their manifestations during the intervening 200 years, and seeking meanings and lessons for the 21st century.” The web site is “enhanced monthly by at least one major interpretive episode.”
  • The Louisiana State Museum’s online exhibition, “Two Centuries of Louisiana History,” ( includes a section on “The Louisiana Purchase”. This exhibition is especially strong in portraits of important people and other visual resources.
  • The National Archives and Records Administration site “American Originals” includes transcription of the three separate agreements between the United States and France that governed the Louisiana Purchase: a treaty of cession and two agreements providing for the exchange of monies in the transaction (
  • The “Official Website of the Louisiana Purchase” ( includes links to tourist and travel information, educational and other events, museum and exhibition information.

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