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Spain plants flag in swamp. France buys cheap. US buys on sale.

        Welcome to Missouri

    Purchase based on land acquired by planting a flag in a swamp

Let me tell you the story of who got legal property right here first. This tale is according to what folks that did not own it in the first place recorded as fact. It is mostly what they swear is the trough.

Mississippi River & drainage Spanish claim. Spain anchored a ship in the Mississippi River delta swamp. Planted their Spanish flag. Laid claim to the continental drainage of the Mississippi River. Don't know what came of that Spanish flag that settled for the Spanish claim to the territory.

Spain sold their Mississippi claim to France. Napoleon Bonaparte paid a bargain price to Span [Some defects on transfer of title.] [Folks living in the purchased territories were paid nothing.]

The Louisiana Purchase(s) retrocede [ex Post Facto purchase from Spain ] The Louisiana Purchase (1803) [was a land deal between the United States and France, in which the U.S. acquired approximately 827,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River for $15 million dollars. [Folks living in the purchased territories were paid nothing.] (see 1805 map)

President Thomas Jefferson wrote this prediction in an April 1802 letter to Pierre Samuel du Pont amid reports that Spain would retrocede [ex Post Facto purchase] to France the vast territory of Louisiana. As the United States had expanded westward, navigation of the Mississippi River and access to the port of New Orleans had become critical to American commerce, so this transfer of authority was cause for concern. Within a week of his letter to du Pont, Jefferson wrote U.S. Minister to France Robert Livingston: "Every eye in the U.S. is now fixed on this affair of Louisiana. Perhaps nothing since the revolutionary war has produced more uneasy sensations through the body of the nation."

... In his letter to Livingston, Jefferson wrote, "Spain might have retained [New Orleans] quietly for years. Her pacific dispositions, her feeble state, would induce her to increase our facilities there, so that her possession of the place would be hardly felt by us."[4] He went on to speculate that "it would not perhaps be very long before some circumstance might arise which might make the cession of it to us the price of something of more worth to her."
Jefferson's vision of obtaining territory from Spain was altered by the prospect of having the much more powerful France of Napoleon Bonaparte as a next-door neighbor.

France had surrendered its North American possessions at the end of the French and Indian War. New Orleans and Louisiana west of the Mississippi were transferred to Spain in 1762, and French territories east of the Mississippi, including Canada, were ceded to Britain the next year. But Napoleon, who took power in 1799, aimed to restore France's presence on the continent.

The Louisiana situation reached a crisis point in October 1802 when Spain's King Charles IV signed a decree transferring the territory to France and the Spanish agent in New Orleans, acting on orders from the Spanish court, revoked Americans' access to the port's warehouses. These moves prompted outrage in the United States. See
1815 Plan of New Orleans by I. Tanesse; courtesy the Library of Congress 1815 Plan of New Orleans by I. Tanesse.

While Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison worked to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels, some factions in the West and the opposition Federalist Party called for war and advocated secession by the western territories in order to seize control of the lower Mississippi and New Orleans.

Louisiana Purchase Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States, purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 for $15,000,000. The Louisiana Purchase made the land, that would later become Missouri, part of the United States.

Most of the territory was purchased site unseen by United States citizens. Purchase price paid to government of France. The folks that inhibited the land were surprised to learn of such dealing.

Missouri Becomes a State In 1812, Missouri became a Territory. William Clark was the first governor of the new Missouri Territory. By 1818 Missouri had 60,000 residents living in the Missouri Territory which allowed them to apply for statehood; however, being a slave state Missouri was rejected for statehood. In 1820, Henry Clay came up with the Missouri Compromise which allowed Missouri to become a slave state if Maine would join the Union as a free state. A compromise was made and on August 10, 1821 Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union.

There you have it. Welcome to Missouri!

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul