The Louisiana Purchase: Branching Out


President Jefferson usually gets the credit for the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which doubled the size of the young nation. But this ignores one important actor, the U.S. Congress. Nearly every step of the process involved the approval of, and funding from, the Legislative Branch. This DBQuest will walk you through primary sources that show the give and take between the two branches. 


Students will be able to...

  • Use evidence from informational texts to support analysis and answer questions.
  • Identify the role of the president and Congress in the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Explain the historical events that led to the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Draw on several sources to generate questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
  • Describe checks and balances used by the executive and legislative branches during a historical event.