Rights guaranteed in three languages


Through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, France sold more than 800,000 square miles of land to the United States for $15 million—doubling the size of the fledgling country and paving the way for westward expansion. This proclamation assured inhabitants of their rights. Because the territory had been recently transferred from Spain to France, it was printed in English, French, and Spanish.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives Used with the permission of the U.S. House of Representatives


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