1804 (HM21AT)

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.328', W 89° 31.055'

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The Louisiana Purchase

In 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.

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HM NumberHM21AT
Placed ByMississippi River Tales, River Heritage Mural Association
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Date Added Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 276875 N 4131731
Decimal Degrees37.30546667, -89.51758333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.328', W 89° 31.055'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 19.68" N, 89° 31' 3.3" W
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Area Code(s)573
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 N Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, US
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