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Strangers on Their Native Soil: Opposition to United States' Governance in Louisiana's Orleans Territory, 1803-1809

Julien Vernet


After the United States purchased Louisiana, many inhabitants of the new American territory believed that Louisiana would quickly be incorporated into the Union and that they would soon enjoy rights as citizens. In March of 1804, however, Congress passed the Act for the Organization of Orleans Territory, which divided Louisiana into two sections: Orleans Territory, which lay southwest of the Mississippi Territory; and the Louisiana District. Under this act, President Jefferson possessed the power to appoint the government of Orleans Territory and its thirteen-man legislative council. The act a ... More

Keywords: Louisiana, Union, Congress, Orleans Territory, Mississippi Territory, President Jefferson, legislative council, slaves, unrepresentative government, planters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617037535
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julien Vernet, author