Great Game Previews In History: 20 October 2013

by J.R.

479px-Louisiana1804aToday In History

The United States ratified the treaty authorizing the Louisiana Purchase by a vote of 24-7. The seven no votes came from senators from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware and New Hampshire — predictably staunch opposition from Flortheast and Metro territory.

The U.S. paid three cents per acre for the 820,000 square mile territory which would eventually become part of 15 states — all of which are in Conference III — and, in fact, a small sliver of what would become Alberta (not Conference III) and Saskatchewan (Conference III!).

While the Louisiana Purchase and Conference III country broadly have significant overlap, only three Conference III cities were part of the purchase: St. Louis, St. Paul and Denver.

The other four cities were part of other territorial expansions, to wit:

Chicago: What is now Chicago was, actually, part of French Louisiana but was ceded to the British under the 1763 Treaty of Paris ending the French and Indian War. George Rogers Clark took control of it during the Revolution, claiming it for Virginia, which ceded it to the U.S. after the war and it became part of the Northwest Territory (memorialized in the name of Northwestern University).

Dallas: The Louisiana Purchase did dip into Texas, but not far enough to include what would become Dallas. It was Spanish until Texas Independence.

Nashville: Middle Tennessee was claimed by more or less everybody — it, too, was French and, in fact, a French-Canadian was in Nashville before James Robertson and John Donelson came to start Fort Nashborough. Tennessee was just western North Carolina before statehood and was already a state by the time the Louisiana Purchase went through. In fact, Meriwether Lewis died rather suspiciously in Tennessee.

Winnipeg: Manitoba was part of something called “Rupert’s Land,” which is about the most Canadian thing I’ve ever heard.

Predators at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Predators (4-3-1, 9 points, 4th in Conference III); Jets (4-4-0, 8 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: On March 24, 2012, Alex Radulov made his Nashville re-debut as the Preds beat the Jets 3-1. Also, this happened:

Last 10: Nashville 4-3-1; Winnipeg 4-4-0

Historical Context: Much as their hometowns were on the fringes of the Louisiana Purchase, the Preds and Jets look to lurk around the fringes of the Conference III race. For now, Nashville’s fancies indicate they just might find purchase.

Stars at Ducks, 7 PM

Records: Stars (3-4-0, 6 points, 7th in Conference III); Ducks (6-1-0, 12 points, 2nd in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Alex Chiasson scored his first NHL goal as the Stars beat the Ducks 3-1 April 5 in Anaheim, the last of that weird three-game baseball series they played.

Last 10: Dallas 3-4-0; Anaheim 6-1-0

Historical Context: The Stars — like Lewis and Clark — are exploring the Pacific Coast. Will they reach their goal before heading back east?