Name: Victor Monteiro
Instructor: Brent Andrus
Date: September 21, 2023
Course: BUS 410
Negotiation Before Fighting
Throughout history, fights and disagreements have been common, from small local
battles to big worldwide wars. While the result of war is usually damage and sadness, talks and
negotiations can lead to peace and working together. Think about this: What if history started
with discussing things before fighting? This might have saved many lives and a lot of resources.
The Louisiana Purchase
In 1803, the young United States made a big land deal that doubled its size. This deal,
known as the Louisiana Purchase, had the U.S. buying about 828,000 square miles from France
for $15 million. President Thomas Jefferson oversaw this, and James Monroe and Robert R.
Livingston did the talking for the U.S.
This land deal was significant for many reasons. First, the land was extensive and would
become part of 15 U.S. states, giving the country more room to grow. Also, it included control of
the Mississippi River, which was very important for trade and moving goods. Money-wise,
France, led by Napoleon Bonaparte, wanted to grow in Europe. The money from this sale helped
them do that. Also, by buying the land, the U.S. avoided possible fights with France or Spain,
who owned the land before. The deal was also reasonable, with the land costing less than three
cents an acre, showing smart spending by the U.S.