The western boundary of the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase stretches through multiple states. The vast area starts in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.Know More
The Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803 and refers to the land that the United States purchased from France. The vast area acquired included 530 million acres purchased for $15 million.
The acquisition of land resulted in France's failed plans to settle its territory. The French army suffered losses from yellow fever and was on the verge of war with England. This prompted the sale of the land and the end of French occupation of the territory.Learn more about US History
British Columbia entered the Canadian Confederation in 1871 because financiers in Ottawa agreed to build a railroad through the territory within a decade, took on the territory's massive debt and provided government subsidies to help British Columbia become more solvent. The United States wanted British Columbia as reparations from the British following the American Civil War and because America purchased Alaska in 1867. The British refused the United States' demands.Full Answer >
The Spanish-American War only lasted 100 days, cost the United States almost nothing in terms of casualties and brought the country significant gains in territory, turning the former set of colonies into an empire of her own and prompting Secretary of State John Hay to write to Theodore Roosevelt that the conflict was "a splendid little war, begun with the highest motives... favored by that Fortune which loves the brave."Full Answer >
As the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe purchased Florida from Spain, extended the country's territory into the Pacific Northwest, helped control sectional tensions and asserted the primacy of the United States in the Western Hemisphere. His term lasted from 1817 to 1825.Full Answer >
Though neither the British nor the Americans gained or lost territory during the War of 1812, the conflict had many results, including the establishment of the Canadian border, the end of British influence among the northwest Indians, and the demise of the Federalist Party due to its anti-war stance. It also boosted American patriotism and self-confidence, and led to a time of prosperity known as the "Era of Good Feelings."Full Answer >