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This map of “la Louisiane,” published by French geographer Guillaume de l’Isle, is the first detailed map of the Gulf Coast region and the Mississippi River, as well as the first printed map to show Texas and identify New Orleans.
President Thomas Jefferson believed that the United States should be a nation of independent farmers. When France offered to sell the Louisiana Territory to the United States in 1803, Jefferson wanted to seize the opportunity to double the size of the nation and to provide future generations with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of new farmland. But Jefferson was a strict constructionist—he believed that the federal government had no powers other than those specifically listed in the Constitution—and the Constitution did...