Territory and Treason
Lecture no. 19 from the course: A History of the United States, 2nd Edition
Taught by Professor Gary W. Gallagher and 2 others | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
With renewed war in Europe on the horizon, Napoleon needed cash more than he needed Louisiana. In 1803, he offered to sell the entire Louisiana province—830,000 square miles—for $15 million. Jefferson asked Congress to finance a secret scouting party under Lewis and Clark. Vice President Aaron Burr, who attempted to set up his own independent republic, was thwarted and saved from a treason indictment only by Chief Justice John Marshall.