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This 1811 map of North America

This 1811 map of North America includes the Louisiana Territory, which doubled the nation’s size.

Geography and Maps Division, Library of Congress

This 1811 map of North America

Images of the Era: 1789-1815

During its first quarter century, the new United States government had to find its way in the world while attending to the nation’s business. Leaders met with Indian nations and faced often-hostile relations with European powers while coping with conflicts between emerging political parties and working out relationships among the three new branches of government.