This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on the Western Expansion in the United States - The Louisiana Purchase & Exploration. There are a total of 48 slides in the two power point presentations, all of which are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States purchased approximately 828,000,000 square miles of territory from France, thereby doubling the size of the country. What was known as Louisiana Territory stretched from the Mississippi River in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west and from the Gulf of Mexico in the south to the Canadian border in the north. Part or all of 15 states were eventually created from the land deal, which is considered one of the most important achievements of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency.
Because the western boundary was contested at the time of the Purchase, Jefferson immediately began to organize three missions to explore and map the new territory. All three started from the Mississippi River. The Lewis & Clark Expedition (1804), traveled up the Missouri River, The Red River Expedition (1806), explored the Red River basin and The Pike Expedition (1806), explored the Arkansas River watershed.
The acquisition of the Louisiana Territory for the bargain price of less than three cents an acre was among Jefferson’s most notable achievements as president. American expansion westward into the new lands began immediately, and in 1804 a territorial government was established. On April 30, 1812, exactly 9 years after the Louisiana Purchase agreement was made, the first state to be carved from the territory, Louisiana, was admitted into the Union as the 18th U.S. state.
Power point presentation #1, The Louisiana Purchase contains 25 slides and covers the following:
Map of the Louisiana Purchase
Louisiana Territory For Sale
Louisiana Territory Purchased
Exploration & Mapping
The Adams-Onis Treaty
Governing the Territory
The Slavery Question (2)
Asserting Control (2)
Impact of the Purchase
End of Presentation
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States. The expedition was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The expedition consisted of a select group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend Second Lieutenant William Clark.
Their primary objectives were to: Explore and map the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase and to get an accurate sense of the resources in the territory, Find a practical waterway across the Western half of the continent for the purposes of commerce, and Establish an American presence in this territory before Britain and other European powers tried to claim it. The campaign's secondary objectives were scientific and economic: Study the area's plants, animal life, and geography. Establish trade with local Indian tribes.
The expedition met all objectives except one: The expedition gained an understanding of the geography of the Northwest and produced the first (140) accurate maps of the area. Their visit to the Pacific Northwest, maps, and proclamations of sovereignty with medals and flags were legal steps needed to claim title to each indigenous nation's lands under the Doctrine of Discovery. They established diplomatic relations and trade with at least two dozen indigenous nations. BUT: They did not find a continuous waterway to the Pacific Ocean, since none existed.
Power point presentation #2, The Lewis & Clark Expedition contains 23 slides and covers the following:
The Lewis and Clark Trail
Gifts For Distribution
Native Americans (2)
Second Winter Camp
Blackfeet & Crow Indians
Flora & Fauna
End of Presentation
The is one of many bundled, power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....Western Expansion in the United States.