Louisiana Territory

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Territory of Louisiana
Organized incorporated territory of the United States

1805–1812

Flag of Louisiana Territory

Flag of the United States
Location of Louisiana Territory
A map of the Territory of Louisiana
Capital St. Louis
Government Organized incorporated territory
Governor
 •  1805–1807 James Wilkinson
 •  1807–1809 Meriwether Lewis
 •  1810–1812 Benjamin Howard
History
 •  Established July 4, 1805
 •  Renamed Territory of Missouri June 4, 1812

The Territory of Louisiana or Louisiana Territory was an organized incorporated territory of the United States. It existed from July 4, 1805, until June 4, 1812, when it was renamed the Missouri Territory.

Creation[change | change source]

On March 3, 1805, Congress passed legislation organizing the District of Louisiana into the Louisiana Territory, starting July 4, 1805.

The Territory was governed like how the Indiana Territory was governed.[1]

Government[change | change source]

The capitol of government was in St. Louis.

The first territorial governor was James Wilkinson. He was chosen by President Thomas Jefferson. He also was a Senior Officer of the United States Army while he was governor.

References[change | change source]

  1. "An Act further providing for the government of the district of Louisiana". United States Statutes at Large. Eighth Congress, Session II, Chapter 31, March 3, 1805, pg. 331–332. From Library of Congress, A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774–1875. (accessed December 14, 2008)

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