Chapter 18

Roger G. Kennedy

in Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195140552
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848775 | DOI:
Chapter 18

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The Great Valley is shaped like an oak leaf. The western lobe of the system is the basin of the Missouri, two thousand miles long. Thomas Jefferson was the president of the United States who bought the entire western half of the valley from Napoleon Bonaparte of France. The famous expedition by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set forth down the Ohio toward St. Louis and the West before there had been a Louisiana Sale and Purchase. The central, or northern, lobe of the Mississippi Basin is drained by the Mississippi itself. Before George Washington and Aaron Burr, the most appreciative observers of the Great Valley were the French. A hundred miles west of Natchez, along the Ouachita River, two hundred thousand acres of a lost paradise called Caddonia awaited Aaron Burr in 1805. In 1783, after the French, Dutch, and Spaniards had assisted thirteen of the fifteen North American colonies of Great Britain to achieve independence, peace was negotiated. The Great Valley was seceded by France to Britain in 1762–3.

Keywords: Aaron Burr; Great Valley; Mississippi Basin; Meriwether Lewis; William Clark; Caddonia; Britain; France; Ohio

Chapter.  3565 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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