Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte negotiated the United States purchase of
Louisiana from France. With two strokes of a pen, a fledgling nation barely a generation
old doubled in size overnight and became one of the largest nations in the world.
The Louisiana Purchase, approved by treaty in April of 1803, is
called the most significant real estate transaction in the history of civilization. The
over 800,000 square miles of landbought at a cost of about four cents per
acrewould eventually be cut into all or part of fifteen American states: Louisiana,
Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, North Dakota, Texas, South Dakota, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas,
Wyoming, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado and Montana.
Two hundred years later, the song Louisiana sings is Happy Birthday. The year
2003 marks the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial, a year-long celebration of activities and
events set statewide to entertain, educate and inspire Louisiana citizens and visitors.
Louisiana Cattle Festival and Fair is proudly dedicated to the Yearlong Celebration of
this epic event which transformed not only our nation but the world itself.