History
9:58 am
Fri December 20, 2013

A Proclamation To The Citizens Of New Orleans (1803)

210 years ago today, Governor William C.C. Claiborne issued this document to the people of New Orleans, announcing the United States' purchase of the Louisiana Territory two months earlier.

The proclamation — in three languages — explains the transition from Spain to France to the United States, and clarifies for the people of the city their new rights, and their responsibilities, as newly-minted Americans.

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Proclamation to the People of New Orleans, 12/20/1803.
Proclamation to the People of New Orleans, 12/20/1803.
Credit U.S. National Archives and Records Administration