The Louisiana PurchaseIn 1803 the Mississippi River Valley was an important area in international diplomacy and intrigue. Napoleon's brothers, Lucien and Joseph, sought to dissuade him from selling the entire Louisiana Territory to the newly established United States. Napoleon, in his bath, reportedly stood up and declared, "I renounce Louisiana," He then sat down, splashing soapy water and causing the servant to faint in Lucien's arms. In 1803 at New Orleans, the French colors were lowered and the U.S. flag raised. A French soldier shed a tear. In March 1804 Upper Louisiana was officially transferred to the United States in St. Louis.
|Placed By||Mississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association|
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|Date Added||Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 276875 N 4131731|
|Decimal Degrees||37.30546667, -89.51758333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 18.328', W 89° 31.055'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 18' 19.68" N, 89° 31' 3.3" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100-198 N Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, US|
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