But when meet with the French representative, the French representative said it was $15 million for the whole of the Louisiana or the deal was off. America at the time was very much an agricultural society. The Americans were desperate for more land, and Jefferson knew they would not give up on buying the west where the land was there. The French were keen to sell because once the Americans had their Independence, France was forced to decide how significant it would be to send their armies across an ocean to fight, when they were still fighting back home in Europe. France and Spain decided to sign a secret pact, the Treaty of Ildefonso.
As President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson was not looking at the criticism he would face, but the broader picture of how the new territory would positively affect the country. With both historians providing a sufficient amount of facts to base their arguments on, my final opinion is that President Jefferson did indeed abandon some of his political beliefs in purchasing Louisiana, but I believe that he did it so in order to better America as a growing country.
Jefferson, the American ambassadors, had to convince them that the purchase was a wise decision. The president, Thomas Jefferson was the main problem facing the completion of the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson was a very strict constructionist; he believed that the government would only do things specifically named in the Constitution. “The Constitution did not give the U.S government the right to accept a land purchase. President Jefferson knew that there was not enough time to write an amendment to the Constitution to allow him to make the Louisiana Purchase, but he also knew he would be a fool to pass up the opportunity to gain so much land for so little money” (McGill, Sara Ann.
The purchase of the territory also caused riffs between the United States and Spain because France promised Spain that they would never sell the territory to a third party. The United States tried to justify the purchase to the Spanish, but it didn’t work. Although the Louisiana Purchase did cause negative results, the purchase seemingly brought more positive results to the people of the United States. First off, the Louisiana Purchase doubled the territory of the United States. Subsequently, the United States experienced a new sense of national pride (rise in nationalism).
The American West was an idea born out of the American Revolution, from conceived by the thoughts of Thomas Jefferson that American would become a small agrarian republic that was controlled by state government and not by a large Federal government. This theory was never truer then when President Thomas Jefferson signed for the Louisiana Purchase that nearly doubled the size of the United States. This new plot of land will be mythicized and romanticized by those in the east looking to break away from the life that they always knew. This new westward expansion would also change the economy and the culture of the newly formed republic. President Thomas Jefferson looked to the west from his desk and in his mind but it was his protégé Meriwether Lewis who shared similar background, both being men of Virginia and having a natural curiosity about them.
Mexican War/US Land and Territory The Mexican American War caused many people to lose lives and could have been avoided. President Polk wanted more land and liked the idea of expanding the US. As a result of the war, the US had acquired more than 525,000 square miles of land. Many historians believe that the Mexican War was an unnecessary attack on a weaker country. The Mexican war had many causes and effects but ultimately Mexico lost.
The Louisiana Purchase is known as the greatest “real estate deals in history.” This territory included current Louisiana and part of Florida all the way north into Canada and expanded westward. This piece of land went through different periods of ownership between Spain and France before France sold the land to the United States. For a while, many US citizens and congressmen did not know the importance of owning this piece of land, therefore when it came to Congress voting about the purchase it almost failed. Thomas Jefferson was known to be by the rules of the Constitution and was originally afraid about expanded the United States but to him the opportunities outweighed his fear. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte controlled the Louisiana Territory, but fought against the British over this great deal of land.
He didn’t want to sell the Louisiana territory because he still had dreams of having a French empire in America. At this point in time Napoleon’s dream would never come true because France was almost always at war. They didn’t have enough troops to go over to America and guard the Louisiana territory. Another main concern of Napoleon was that France was running very low on money and Napoleon knew that this piece of land would get them the money that they so very needed. Napoleon stated that this was the very last resort that they would use to get money.
Napoleon, freshly engaged in conflict with England, feared the British would take Louisiana territory from him. In attempt to profit from the property in lieu of losing it completely, he proposed a sale to America of the entire Louisiana Territory for fifteen million dollars. This deal would open up vast amounts of land to American settlement west of the Mississippi River, almost doubling the size of
Many of the historian’s thoughts proved that Lincoln had a greater reason than to “free the slaves.” With this document, he planned to win the war for the Union army. A big issue was: Did Lincoln only release the Emancipation Proclamation because he felt pressured to? As soon as Lincoln became president, he was compelled by extremist Republicans and abolitionists to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. They thought that now that there was a Republican president, shouldn’t he issue this Proclamation? Lincoln did believe in abolishing slavery, but he postponed this task until he had more support from American citizens.