02 March 2017

The Concept Of Louisiana

A narrative of American affairs can lay little claim to completeness unless it devotes a goodly share of space to Louisiana. The term creates in the mind of the historian a variety of conceptions. A vast, undefined
expanse of wilderness contended for by two mighty nations in an epoch-making struggle; a province passing from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and in the passing occupying the attention of some of the most adroit of
European diplomats; a territory whose purchase changed the character of our federal Union, and in whose soil were sown the seeds that germinated our great sectional conflict; a state whose people have preserved to the latest day their European traditions intact, and whose political record is tinged with pathos and tragedy — all these are embraced within the term. [Source]

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