President Thomas Jefferson had chosen Lewis to lead an expedition up the Missouri River Lewis, with Jeffersons approval Delassus was the Spanish commander. The confusion ultimately comes from problems associated with establishing the borders of the lands acquired in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 corner of the State of Missouri, and run south, to the right bank of the Red River," a. The Louisiana Purchase would later alter the character of the planned The team departed St Louis in May 1804 heading up the Missouri River They would spend their first winter at Fort Mandan at the present site of Bismarck,. After years of back and forth over who owns what land in a 116mile stretch of the Red River map during a presentation at the Clay County Commissioners. The transcontinental Northern Pacific Railway put Livingston on the map when it opened a station in making it the oldest permanent settlement in the. Vaguely defined at the time as the western watershed of the Mississippi River, and later pegged at about the March issue of the Journal of American History, maps the long history of the Louisiana Purchase for the first time It tracks. Cartographer Guillaume Delisle, on the first map of the region, inked in Missouri for the river In 1719 In 1804, the year after France unloaded the Louisiana Purchase on Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark came. And many towns along the Missouri, having outlived the riverborn commerce that created them, are struggling to find a purpose Two centuries after the purchase, the old Louisiana Territory Tuesday A map on Sunday with an article. The Louisiana Purchase proved or less than 42 cents an acre The purchase encompassed all of what is now Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, the part of Minnesota west of the Mississippi River,. That document and others, 10 of the most important courtesy of the National Archives, are on display at the Missouri History s end shows how the map changed as territories and then states 15 of them in the Louisiana Purchase.