The scene was set for the westward expansion of the United States on May 2nd, 1803 (Whitridge, par. 1) when Thomas Jefferson purchased the territory of Louisiana from the French government for 15 million dollars; dubbed duly, the Louisiana Purchase. “The Louisiana Purchase provided a realistic way for Americans to expand westward and live the agricultural dream that Jefferson desired.” (Demaio, pg. 2). This transaction doubled the size of the United States and piqued the interest of the settlers wanting to see what lay beyond the Appalachian Mountains. The lands acquired spread from the Mississippi River west to the Rocky Mountains, north to Canada, and south to the present-day border between Oklahoma and Texas.
Another key factor in the movement westward was Jefferson’s action in the Corps of Discovery (a unit of the Military) commonly known as the expedition of Lewis and Clark. The voyage of the Corps of Discovery played an essential part in Jefferson’s vision of keeping the United States agrarian by providing acres of land. (Demaio, pg. 1) Agrarian refers to keeping the society dependent on agriculture production, and the acres of land would provide Americans with the means to do just that. Lewis and Clark set out on May 14, 1804 across the newly purchased Louisiana territory, heading west towards the Pacific O...
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