There’s A Little Slice Of History Hiding In This Swamp In Arkansas
Do you remember the history of the Louisiana Purchase from school? If not, that’s okay. We’ll do a quick review. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson, also known as the guy who wrote the Declaration of Independence, purchased a little parcel of land called Louisiana for 15 million dollars. By “little parcel of land called Louisiana,” I mean a hunk of the North American continent that comprised 900,000 square miles of wilderness and doubled the size of the fledgling United States. That land would become six whole states, including Arkansas, and parts of eight more states. So we have Thomas Jefferson and his $15 million dollars to thank for speaking English right now instead of French. Thanks, Mr. President, French appears to have a lot of unpronounceable letters.
As anyone who has ever bought land can tell you, you really must have a survey. The official survey of the Louisiana Purchase was ordered in 1815 by President James Madison, and the expedition began right here in the Natural State. The survey of the great big swath of land once called Louisiana began in a swamp in the Arkansas delta, just south of the town of Brinkley, and there’s a stone marker there to commemorate that historic expedition.
Please note, Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park is temporarily closed.
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J.B. Weisenfels has lived in rural Arkansas for three decades. She is a writer, a mom, and a graduate student. She is also an avid collector of tacky fish whatnots, slightly chipped teapots, and other old things. In her spare time she enjoys driving to the nearest creek to sit a while. If you were to visit her, she'd try to feed you cornbread.
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