1803 - Napoleon secretly sends emmisary to New Orleans

       Pierre Clement Laussat is to be the new First Consul to administer the restored French Empire in North America.   He received for the French Republic the enormous domain of Louisiana, transferred to His Catholic Majesty in accordance with a treaty sighed between France and Spain three years before - and then presided over the transfer of this land, an exchange of deeds and administrative control, to the Americans, on December 20.  When Jefferson got wind of the transfer between Spain and France, he vowed that French control of Louisiana would be the start of a new war.   Jefferson had loudly criticized John Adams for prefering diplomacy over war with France when he was president, but now that the shoe was on his foot, Jefferson's bluster was nothing but an idle threat as he waited out the emperor's intentions.

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