Is Your Gateway to Arkansas's Past
it's 1803, and you're on a journey to a frontier wilderness. A land
where the settlements are named Poke Bayou, Davidsonville or Arkansas
Post -- where the rivers and swamps are the roads, and the alligators,
bears and beavers outnumber humans.
That land is
Arkansas, and that wilderness is theLouisiana
Purchase. And now, with a very special Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial
passport, you can visit that land all over again.
In 1803, President
Thomas Jefferson finalized the purchase
of the Louisiana Territory from France, doubling the size of the
United States. The acquisition included 830,000 square miles of
of the new land began in 1815, from a point in an East Arkansas
swamp at the corner of Lee, Phillips and Monroe counties. It is
from this point that all land in the Louisiana Purchase was mapped
- every legal description of the land west of the Mississippi
depended on measurements taken from this point. Prospect K. Robbins
and Joseph C. Brown conducted those surveys.
During 2003, 28
sites across the state are partnering to celebrate Arkansas's
role in the Louisiana Purchase, each with special
events planned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana
Purchase. With your commemorative passport - available from any
of the 28 "must-see" destinations - you, too, can explore the state's
historical role in the most famous land deal in U.S. history.
The passport is your opportunity to travel the state, enjoy its
natural wonders and celebrate the historical significance of Arkansas's
role in the Purchase. When your passport is stamped by all 28
venues, you'll have earned a memento to cherish for many years to come.