Tue, 04/24/2012
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Christen Jackson
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573-634-6064 ext. 247

JEFFERSON CITY – Charlie Palmer, former head of the Lewis and Clark Task Force, will present the second of two illustrated lectures on Napoleon and the Louisiana Purchase at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Missouri River Regional Library Art Gallery. The topic of this lecture will be “Beyond the Louisiana Purchase: An Update.”
The Louisiana Purchase, which took place in 1803, encompassed all or part of 15 current U.S. states.
Land purchased contained all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska; parts of Minnesota that were west of the Mississippi River; most of North Dakota; nearly all of South Dakota; northeastern New Mexico; northern Texas; the portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide; and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, including the city of New Orleans.
Spain originally had all of the Louisiana Purchase but it was known as New Spain, then eventually was given to France from Spain and was officially known as the Louisiana Purchase, and was later given to the United States of America from France to pay war debt and helped double the United States, as well as create new states.
Napoleon Bonaparte, upon completion of the agreement stated, "This accession of territory affirms forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival who sooner or later will humble her pride."
For more information on this lecture, contact George Dillard 634-6064, ext. 250 or dillardg@mrrl.org.