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Three Forks in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Louisiana Purchase - 1803

 
 
Louisiana Purchase - 1803 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 27, 2021
1. Louisiana Purchase - 1803 Marker
Captions: Thomas Jefferson; Napoleon Bonaparte; Map of the Louisiana Purchase.
Inscription.  The Missouri and Mississippi drainage determined the boundaries of the ... Louisiana Purchase.

The acquisition, as well as the expiration, of the Mississippi-Missouri by the white man was carried out against a background of European power politics. In selling the Louisiana territory to the U.S., Napoleon of France acquired money to further his own ambitions against England, while at the same time setting up against England "a maritime rival who will humble her pride. "For the United States, the Louisiana Purchase was "an event of such magnitude that its results are beyond measurement. It doubled the area, adding resources of incalculable value, providing a potential that was certain to make the U.S. a great power and guaranteeing our expansion beyond the Rockies to the Pacific... There is no aspect of our national life, no part of our social and political structure, and no subsequent event in the course of our history that it has not affected." - Bernard DeVoto
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events.
 
Location. 45° 53.798′ 
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N, 111° 33.085′ W. Marker is in Three Forks, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (Highway 2) and Cottonwood, on the left when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 North Main Street, Three Forks MT 59752, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Native Americans (here, next to this marker); European Interest in the Missouri (here, next to this marker); Fur Trade (here, next to this marker); Lewis & Clark Arrive at the Headwaters July, 1805 (here, next to this marker); The Fur Trapper (here, next to this marker); Colter's Run 1808 (here, next to this marker); Three Forks Post - 1810 (here, next to this marker); Sacajawea Captured in 1800 (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Three Forks.
 
Markers located next to the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 27, 2021
2. Markers located next to the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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