How Mosquitoes Led to the Louisiana Purchase

Author: Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg

How Mosquitoes Led to the Louisiana Purchase

Mosquitoes have played a surprising role in American history. It is interesting to consider many of the ways that mosquitoes have shaped Southern America, due to their spread of disease. One of the most fascinating points of American history and mosquito infestation was the Louisiana Purchase.

Napoleon’s Troops Decimated

When Napoleon went to Saint Domingue, also known as Haiti, his troops were decimated. In addition to fighting the slave rising that was happening on that island, his troops were faced with widespread yellow fever. The yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes in the area, and it was detrimental to his plans to conquer more of the Americas.

The End of American Expansion for Napoleon

Napoleon, finding himself with few troops and few resources left in the Americas, decided to pull out of the area. Saint Domingue was to be the jumping off point to continue advancement and exploration in the area known as the Louisiana Purchase. When the troops died en masse and the forward movement was put to a halt, he decided that he was no longer in a position to continue his original plans.

The Louisiana Purchase

Once Napoleon decided that forward movement in the area was impossible, he made the decision to sell the territory to the United States. This led to a large portion of North America going to the United States and being settled by Americans. In all, 15 of the states we know today were either in part or all included in the Louisiana Purchase. It would be a very different America that we would have today if it weren’t for the role of mosquitoes in the spread of disease.

While today the spread of diseases such as yellow fever are rarer, mosquitoes still carry disease with them. It is important to protect yourself and your family from illness by eliminating the threat of mosquitoes. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you control the mosquito population around your home.