Every Thursday we bring you III Communication’s Conference III Power Rankings, the Thursday Thirteen.
This week, we got the heavy coats back out.
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.