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    The Louisiana Purchase

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    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. During this time, the port city of New Orleans grew to become a major trade center

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    Louisiana Purchase

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    The Louisiana Purchase was the most influential and important land purchases in American history. The acquired land in this historical purchase proved to far outweigh what most Americans at the time could imagine. The Louisiana Purchase more than doubled the size of the United States, and lead to many great discoveries and societal benefits. Some of the major and most prominent ways that the Louisiana Purchase influenced the evolution of American were the expeditions of Louis and Clark on the

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    One of the hugest land deals in history was the Louisiana Purchase. This land deal was a glorious accomplishment of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, but also posed several significant moral dilemmas for President Thomas Jefferson. There were as many disadvantages to the Louisiana Purchase for President Jefferson as there were advantages, but first lets talk about events leading to the purchase. When Thomas Jefferson become president on 1801, one of his top goals was to take possession of the port

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    Constitution as he did when he bought the Louisiana purchase, he was justified in purchasing it due to his power to make treaties with the agreement of ⅔ of Congress. This made him justified due to the fact that it decreased conflict and decreased tension in general between the United States and France. Not only this, but it was also a formally concluded upon and ratified agreement between the United States and France, which, definitionally, would make the Louisiana Purchase a treaty. As previously stated,

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    The Politics of the Louisiana Purchase

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    After American Independence, there were four plans to explore the west; Jefferson was behind three of those plans. The Louisiana Purchase divided the political country, before and after the actual purchase. I intend to show these sides by examining documents from Jefferson, his colleagues, and the opposition to the Purchase, as well as international deterrents to the Purchase. Jefferson’s dream of a transcontinental America can be shown in his letters to governors and political leaders in the

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    The Louisiana Purchase was signed on April 30, 1803, in Paris, France, during Thomas Jefferson's presidency. While many people were not convinced that it was unconstitutional for the government to purchase land and felt it would be a waste of money, Jefferson envisioned more freedom from foreign superpowers, more land to farm, and unrestricted access to the Mississippi River which was controlled by the more-powerful France. Acquiring the Port of New Orleans and the Floridas from France was a significant

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    and possibly most controversial land purchases in American history, the Louisiana Purchase. During the years leading up to this event the United States was still trying to solidify a national identity. There were two subjects that were causing for division of the new national identity, one being westward expansion. The Northern states and Federalists opposed the idea of westward expansion while the Southern States and the Jeffersonians backed this purchase. Although there was a struggle for a

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    Though initially his decision was criticized, Thomas Jefferson 's pursuit of the Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the United States, as well as impacted the economy, religion, and race of the nation. The Louisiana Purchase helped the economy by reopening the ports. By opening up the ports the Western farmers could get their products to the market while Eastern merchants prospered from trade (American Passages). When the United States started expanding westward hundreds of acres would

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    nearly double its original size. Such an acquisition turned out to be very beneficial, but much like a rose, such a feat did come with its thorns. The Louisiana Purchase posed several moral dilemmas for President Thomas Jefferson, but overall the advantages outweighed the disadvantages. The weakened country of Spain returned the Louisiana Purchase back to France, which at this time was led by Napoleon Bonaparte. Purchasing this land would protect the United States’ ability to ensure the ownership

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    The Louisiana Purchase

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    The Formative Years of the New Nation, 1820-1860 The Louisiana Purchase The Louisiana Purchase was the largest land transaction for the United States, and the most important event of President Jefferson's presidency. Jefferson arranged to purchase the land for $11,250,000 from Napoleon in 1803. This land area lay between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. The purchase of this land greatly increased the economic resources of

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