The senators wanted the government to still have some control and they viewed this as something that would thin our government’s power, but the Louisiana Purchase opened the door for future leaders to take advantage of powers not specifically enumerated in the text of the Constitution lessening the influence the states had in domestic issues. (Bostian, 2001). Despite all the moral dilemmas that Thomas Jefferson faced when making the Louisiana Purchase the one thing most concerning was the idea that France may gain complete control of this area. Lead by the notorious general Napoleon Bonaparte the French posed a big threat to American trade, especially in the case of New Orleans which was one of the most important ports for trading with other countries. Jefferson’s concerns in this matter were made clear when he said “The day France takes possession of New Orleans we must marry ourselves to the British fleet and nation.” (Carnes, Garraty 2005 p.g.
Did Thomas Jefferson give up his deeply held political values in order to purchase the Louisiana Territory from the French (P. 2)? This is the major question that has led to much debate within the early history of America (P. 1). Some historians argue that Thomas Jefferson did, in fact, throw away his commitment to states’ rights and constructionism by the large purchase of Louisiana for the U.S. (P.1). On the other hand, some believe that President Jefferson supported his political beliefs, the fortification of the republican government, with the Louisiana Purchase (P. 1). David A. Carson argues in “Blank Paper of the Constitution: The Louisiana Purchase Debates” that Thomas Jefferson did abandon his political ideals when purchasing Louisiana (P. 1).
The primary cause of the war with Britain was the fact the neutral shipping rights were violated by Britain, and though France had also violated these rights, there were other issues that the British were responsible for. Britain blockaded the United States in such a manner it was no longer possible to export goods by ship. The British were not doing this to harm America's economy, however it was extremely harmful to the economy of this young country. Britain was doing this so that France could not import as many goods that would behoove them in the war. France desperately needed various goods that could be imported from the United States and they were willing to pay where America's economy could have benefited tremendously.
Whether to Fight France or England That the United States was in a time of disrupted trade, economic distress and shaky foreign alliances, demonstrates that war with either France or England was inevitable, however, the United States was able to detain the war from happening for about twelve years. Relations between the United States and Great Britain had been strained after the United States won its independence in 1783, but the greatest problems developed during the war between England and France that broke out in 1793. To prevent American neutral shipping from helping the French, the British instituted extensive marine blockades of European ports. The resulting seizures of American merchant shipping quickly brought demands for retaliation in the United States. From 1794 on, however, tensions eased as the administrations of George Washington and John Adams worked to avoid diplomatic difficulties with the British.
In the 18th century, France owned more parts of the United States than any other European power. However, after the French and Indian war, France relinquished their Louisiana land to Spain. In 1801, Spain created a secret treaty with France, which would return the Louisiana territory. This instilled fear for the Americans because many of them depended on free access to the Mississippi River and New Orleans ports. Officials feared that Napoleon Bonaparte would blockade the river and the Gulf of Mexico in response to show his dominance.
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).
France and Spain decided to sign a secret pact, the Treaty of Ildefonso. This stated that the Spanish would give Louisiana to France. Bonaparte Napoleon came to a conclusion that having Louisiana wasn't worth the hassle, because he was getting ready for a war against Britain. French not only sold the land but they were selling the... ... middle of paper ... ... travelling and expansion were a part of the spirits Manifest Destiny. It was believed by the Americans that it was God’s belief that spread over America, and to control the country as they wanted to.
The Louisiana Purchase The Louisiana purchase resulted from the fear that the United States would lose its free trade rights in the Louisiana territory. America had an agreement with Spain for free trade rights that resulted from Pickney's treaty of 1795 which granted American farmers the right to ship cargoes without paying tolls. Spain granted American merchants the right to transport goods from New Orleans to Atlantic ports without paying export duties. Since trading the Louisiana territory to France for land in Europe, Spain no longer controlled the area there for it voided all agreements for the free trade of America in the Louisiana area. With the fear of losing these rights weighing heavily on the shoulders of the Americans, president Thomas Jefferson sent James Monroe to Europe to try to persuade the British to accept a military alliance should the Americans need help in the event of war with France over their trade rights.
Hamilton and Adams needed to take a plan of action in order to protect Hamilton’s plan and their relationship with England. When Adams became president in 1797, it was the Federalists’ opportunity to regain control over the country and eliminate their quasi relationship with France. The Alien and Sedition Acts eliminated France immigrants who would join the Democratic-Republican side because they were the ones who had wanted to help France. But the acts would also eliminate the ability for the Democratic-Republicans to do anything about it because if they said or did anything against the laws, they would be going against the Sedition Act. Democratic-Republican
If Jefferson wanted a strong nation why didn't he just keep the money and expand on our new found nation and strengthen it for what it was already? Overall, the Louisiana purchase was an accomplishment for Jefferson as we came to have land that made our nation even more powerful and expanding.. Thomas Jefferson had great curiosity after the Louisiana purchase was made. He wondered about what lied past the Mississippi, as he ignorantly guaranteed there to be wooly mammoths, mounds of salt, and volcanoes of great heights. In response to his peaking curiosity, instead of going past the river himself as President of the United States to investigate his purchase and "add-on" to America, he sent two men by the names of Meriwether Lewis and Clark with followers behind them to do the investigations for him.