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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Louisiana purchased from the French.
In Marbury v. Madison, Supreme Court nullifies any act of Congress that conflicts with the Constitution.
Captain John Whistler arrives at the site of present-day Chicago, Illinois, and begins to build Fort Dearborn.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark begin their three-year expedition to the West Coast (August 31).