About The Contemplative Activist

Hi. We're Marty & Sandy Boller. Now that we're sixty-something years old, we have way too much history to put in this little box. So let’s just say we are recovering 3-B pastors on our way to becoming a contemplative activists. Join us!

On The Road To Statehood – Celebrating 175 Years – 1803.

April 30, 1803: Louisiana – Signed, Sealed & Delivered.

1803. In France, with the dream of Hispaniola quickly fading, Napoleon had very little use for Louisiana, but did need an influx of cash. War with England was on the horizon and Napoleon knew he had to find a way to fund it. Conveniently, James Monroe and Robert Livingston were in town, negotiating on the possible purchase of New Orleans. It was in the midst of those negotiations, (the U.S. was prepared to pay up to $10 million for New Orleans) when Napoleon suddenly offered all of Louisiana for the tidy sum of $15 million. At first, the two Americans were hesitant at such a large purchase, but both of them knew enough about Jefferson’s wide-eyed expansion ideas to say ‘yes’ to the offer.

And what an offer it was. This newly acquired land called Louisiana (which would someday make up all or part of fifteen states) immediately doubled the size of the United States, while also guaranteeing free navigation of the entire Mississippi River valley! Wow! Monroe and Livingston returned to Washington D.C. elated with the good news, and now, Jefferson’s planned survey of the West suddenly took on a whole new level of importance.

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On The Road To Statehood – Celebrating 175 Years – 1800.

French King – Louis XIV

In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte sought to create a great French empire in the New World, with the center of that empire being the nation of Hispaniola (located in present-day Haiti). Napoleon envisioned that the vast Mississippi River Valley, called Louisiana, could easily become a major trade center for his emerging empire, shipping food and supplies from the north into Central America. The Louisiana region had been named for French King Louis XIV and covered 530 million acres (828,000 sq miles) from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, between Canada and the Gulf of Mexico.

Had President Thomas Jefferson not purchased the Louisiana Territory in 1803, Iowa just might have been a French province in the expanding nation of Hispaniola!

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