Louisiana Purchase Timeline 1802

1802 In a nutshell: Cession of Louisiana to France is announced.

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7th Congress, 2nd Session

December 15, 1802

President Thomas Jefferson presents his Second Annual Message to Congress, which states that "the cession of the Spanish province of Louisiana to France, which took place in the course of the late war, will, if carried into effect, make a change in the aspect of our foreign relations, which will doubtless have just weight in any deliberations of the legislature connected with that subject."

December 17, 1802

The House of Representatives passes a resolution "That the President of the United States be requested to cause to be laid before this House, such information in possession of the Department of State, as relates to the violation, on the part of Spain, of the twenty-second article of the treaty of friendship, limits, and navigation, between the United States and the King of Spain."

December 30, 1802

President Thomas Jefferson sends a confidential message to the House of Representatives in response to "a violation, on the part of Spain, of the twenty-second article of the treaty of friendship, limits, and navigation, between the United States and the King of Spain."

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