Did Napoleon Bonaparte Block The Westward Expansion Of America?

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In 1801 Jefferson found out that France had secretly bought the Louisiana Territory from Spain. Jefferson was alarmed by this, because Napoleon Bonaparte was the French ruler at the time and was trying to conquer all of Europe, Jefferson feared he would now try and dominate power in America as well. Not to mention if Napoleon Bonaparte where to control the Louisiana Territory that would block the westward expansion of the United States. In 1802 the Spanish Governor withdrew the right of American ships to ship their goods through New Orleans, many Westerners were angered by this action. Then the Westerners demanded that Jefferson go to war with Spain and win back their right's but Jefferson thought of this as a bad idea. Jefferson then

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