Ceremonial Transfer of the Louisiana
in New Orleans - 1803
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enlarge |Artist: Mike
Sponsor: Henry & Jane
Size: 6' x 10'
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: Senate Lobby
On December 20, 1803, William
Claiborne, former governor of the Mississippi Territory,
and James Wilkinson, Commanding General of the United States
Army, met with French representative Pierre Laussat in
the Sala Capitular (capitol room) at the Cabildo in New
Orleans. There they signed the document transferring the
Louisiana Territory and ceremoniously passed the keys of
the city from French hands to American hands.
At a cost of $15 million (or
less than five cents per acre), the purchase added 828,000
square miles to the United States. It took more than 100
years to finally settle the Louisiana Territory and divide
it into 13 states. Oklahoma was the last state carved out
of the Louisiana Territory and entered the Union as the
46th state in 1907.
The Cabildo was constructed in
1795-99 and served as the seat of the Spanish municipal government
in New Orleans. The governing body who met there was the “Cabildo” or
city council. Over the years, the building also served as
the home of the Louisiana Supreme Court. A bicentennial exhibit
of the Louisiana Purchase is now on display in the restored
Sala Capitular room.
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