Thomas Jefferson purchased the vast territory of Louisiana
from France in 1803, doubling the size of the United
States. The new land was an unmapped wilderness.
survey of the new lands, undertaken in 1815, led to
the exploration and settlement of the American West.
That survey began in what is now Arkansas - in a headwater
swamp at the corners of Lee, Phillips and Monroe counties.
people of Arkansas take great pride in their state's
history as part of the Louisiana Purchase and the starting
point for the surveyors who explored and mapped the
frontier. The initial point of the survey is now Louisiana
Purchase Historic State Park, where visitors can walk
a convenient boardwalk through the swamp, experiencing
the sights and sounds of the wilderness much as the
original surveyors did.
will celebrate the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase
throughout 2003. Join us in Arkansas - or here at the
official web site of the Arkansas Bicentennial Commemoration
of the Louisiana Purchase. Welcome.