Jefferson identified Napoleon’s desperate need for capital at the time, as the war versus Britain in Europe was on the brink of occurring as well as a French slave revolt in Haiti during the early 1800’s. Napoleon recognized this as well and gave up on ambitions for a secondary North American empire. In retrospect, this acquisition was incredibly beneficial to United State’s expansion and now the massive amount of land encompasses all or part of many U.S. states and a pair of Canadian provinces. The modern day states with all or sections of their area within the purchase include; Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North ... ... middle of paper ... ...ht the land from France it was agreed upon that the land extended as far as the 50th parallel. In the Anglo-American Convention of 1818, however, the land from the 49th parallel to the 50th was traded to the British in a deal for the Red River Basin, which is located just under the 49th.
The Louisiana Purchase effectively broadened presidential power and put more authority into the hands of the central government. The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the existing United States and set a precedent for expansion. It has been viewed as the progenitor of the Monroe Doctrine. Under provisions of the Doctorine, the American continents are not to be considered as subjects for future colonization. The constitutional issue, decided oddly enough by a man that Jefferson despised as much as he did Hamilton.
The Louisiana Purchase was a constitutional decision Jefferson made due to the specific power for the President to negotiate treaties as stated in the Constitution of the United States (Art. II, Sec. 2). The acquisition brought in new land for Americans and was considered President Jefferson’s greatest and most controversial achievement while in office. The Louisiana Purchase was negotiated at a time when France, was in dire need of funds for the Napoleonic Wars in Europe.
Purchasing this land would protect the United States’ ability to ensure the ownership and use of the vital port of New Orleans. This buy also proved to be beneficial in that it not only prevented a war between America and France but also eliminated France’s presence as an enemy in North America. The Louisiana Purchase perhaps opened the idea of ‘Manifest Destiny’ to the United States and its citizens. With all of these advantages, the end certainly justifies the means. Though the means at which the United States was able to obtain such a territory came at the price of President Thomas Jefferson’s morals, in the long run it is easily one of the biggest achievements in American history.
Such were the words written by a newspaper contributor describing a monumental event that would impact the history of America forever: the Louisiana Purchase. The history of the Louisiana Territory was mostly that of ownership transfers between Spain and France. It was originally claimed by Spain during the exploration of the New World. However, Spain lost the territory to French setters, who called the area New France. After the 7 Year’s War Spain regained Louisiana.
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(History.com Staff 2009) The Louisiana Purchase was a result of many factors that took place. A couple of these factors are the Spanish control of New Orleans and Napoleon’s desire for the Caribbean Island of Haiti. The boundaries of the territory consist of the Mississippi River on the east, the Gulf of Mexico on the south, the Rocky Mountains on the west and Canada along the northern boundary. It was originally claimed by France and later, as a result of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, was rewarded to Spain for their assistance to the French during the war. The French considered the Louisiana Territory worthless at the time.