American Minute with Bill Federer
The size of the U.S. doubled APRIL 30, 1803, with the Louisiana
Nearly a million square miles, at less than three cents an acre – it
was the greatest land bargain in history!
President Thomas Jefferson commented on it in his Second Inaugural
Address, March 4, 1805:
“I know that the acquisition of Louisiana has been disapproved by
some from a candid apprehension that the enlargement of our territory
would endanger the union, but who can limit the extent to which the
federative principle may operate effectively?”
For fifteen million dollars, France sold its land west of the
Mississippi, called the Louisiana Territory, because Napoleon
Bonaparte needed money quickly for his military campaigns.
Napoleon fought in Europe, Egypt and Russia, but was finally exiled
to the island of Elba.
Napoleon returned to rule France again for 100 days, but after losing
at Waterloo in 1815 he was banished to the tiny island of St. Helena
in the South Atlantic, where he commented to General Count de
“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but upon
what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force!
But Jesus Christ founded His upon love; and at this hour millions of
men would die for Him.”