On 10 March 1804, the United States of America officially doubled in size, with a ceremony in St.Louis that marked its ownership of the French territory, Louisiana. Napoleon had sold it off to raise money to invade England - not one of his best decisions.
The US had bought the land from the French for roughly 3 cents an acre, picking up all of Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, swathes of other states and, of course, most of Louisiana, including New Orleans.
Much of the territory, however, remained to be explored - and a lot of it was still, in reality, owned by its original owners, the Indigenous Americans who had used the land since time immemorial.
If New Orleans and Louisiana were still French, the world would be a very different place. So we're celebrating this anniversary with a De La Louisiane #4, made to a recipe we discovered in Stanley Clisby Arthur's Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix Them.
De La Louisiane #4
TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE