the United States purchased Louisiana from France for$15 million (Document 7). As a result of this move
the United Statesnot only doubled its size but also inherited the territoryâs Indian andEuropean inhabitants. The status of Indian tribes had already beenestablished
but the status of the French residents was anothermatter. The Louisiana Purchase Treaty accepted them as U.S.citizens
thus incorporating inhabitants of another country into theUnited States for the ï¬rst time.