5: Louisiana Purchase


Procès-verbal of the cession of Louisiana by France to the United States of America 
December 20, 1803; manuscript document
by William C. C. Claiborne, signer; James Wilkinson, signer; Decius Wadsworth, signer; Pierre Clément Laussat, signer; and Joseph Daugerot, signer 
75-217-L.2; MSS 125, f. 384

These papers transferred ownership of Louisiana from Spain to France and ultimately from France to the United States.