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Where were most French settlers located?
France founded colonies in much of eastern North America, on a number of Caribbean islands, and in South America. Most colonies were developed to export products such as fish, rice, sugar, and furs.
Who owned Louisiana first?
1. France had just re-taken control of the Louisiana Territory. French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle first claimed the Louisiana Territory, which he named for King Louis XIV, during a 1682 canoe expedition down the Mississippi River.
Did Thomas Jefferson want to be president?
As the “silent member” of the Congress, Jefferson, at 33, drafted the Declaration of Independence. As a reluctant candidate for President in 1796, Jefferson came within three votes of election. Through a flaw in the Constitution, he became Vice President, although an opponent of President Adams.
Why did Thomas Jefferson buy the Louisiana Purchase?
President Thomas Jefferson had many reasons for wanting to acquire the Louisiana Territory. The reasons included future protection, expansion, prosperity and the mystery of unknown lands. President Jefferson was unsure about the Louisiana Territory but not of the Mississippi River.
Why did the French settle along the Mississippi River?
The French territorial government in Canada hoped the land would yield furs and precious metals. Although there were no profitable mineral deposits, the French colony developed fur trading and farming communities along the Mississippi, including Cahokia, Kaskaskia, and Prairie du Rocher.
What would have happened if the Louisiana Purchase never happened?
If the Louisiana Purchase had not taken place, the United States would not be one country from coast to coast. We would have a territory of France in the middle southern section of the United States. That territory would have a separate government, with its own laws, military, and law enforcement.
Was Mississippi a French colony?
From 1699 to 1763, the future state of Mississippi was a part of the French colony of Louisiana. During these years, the French explored the region, established settlements and military outposts, engaged in political and economic relations with the area’s American Indians, and sought to establish a profitable economy.
Where were the French colonies located?
continental North America