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.
The Louisiana Purchase posed several significant moral dilemmas for President Thomas Jefferson, but violating his strict constructionist view of the Constitution was one of the many dilemmas faced over the Purchase from France that occurred on numerous occasions. Jefferson believed if a power couldn’t be found in the Constitution it didn’t exist and reverted to the interest of the states. According to the Constitution, there is no power granting the President to make land investments or expend funds. President Jefferson also disagreed with Alexander Hamilton’s loose interpretation of the presidential powers found in the Constitution and the creation of the National Bank. American farmers and tradesmen used the port of New Orleans to ship their
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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.
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Since he was a part of this party meant that he opposed Federalist ideas. However, he did stray from Democratic-Republican ideas and adopted some Federalist ideas when he felt they were necessary. One of the biggest contradictions facing Jefferson and his straying from regular Democratic-Republican ideas was when he signed the purchase treaty of the Louisiana Territory. This purchase treaty gave the Louisiana Territory to the United States doubling its size. When signing this treaty Thomas Jefferson was a little fearful due to the fact that it went against the Democratic-Republican ideas.
Loose construction saw the Constitution as an idea to serve as a guide to model the new nation on. If it was in the best interest of the nation and didn't violate the Constitution then it was OK. When Jefferson was offered the Louisiana Territory by Napoleon, he was in a bind. He'd already had his eyes on it and wanted it badly, but there was nothing in the Constitution that said the president had that authority...and he was a strict guy! We've never fully settled this argument.
President Adams attempted to fill these new vacancies prior to the end of his term but some of the commissions were not delivered. When Jefferson was sworn in, he refused to honor these commissions. As a result, one of the appointees, William Marbury, sued the new Secretary of State, James Madison. Marbury asked the Supreme Court to order the delivery of his commission (Marbury v. Madison,1803). The new chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall knew that the court issued a writ of mandamus, Jefferson would ignore and effectively weakening the authority of the courts.
The Louisiana Purchase presented a moral dilemma to Thomas Jefferson that was fueled by the advantages and disadvantages of the deal as well as his interpretation of the constitution and how the Purchase could affect his political standing. Thomas Jefferson’s moral dilemma regarding the Louisiana Purchase originated from his previous interpretations of the Constitution and political position. Jefferson was apprehensive when making the decision to purchase the Louisiana Territory because the act of buying territory “went against [his] own well-stated positions of states ' rights and strict constitutional construction” since it was not outlined in the Constitution (http://history.msu.edu). In a letter to John Breckenridge, Jefferson expresses