1. Louisiana Purchase (April 2, 1803): Jefferson purchases the 800,000-square-mile Louisiana Territory from French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte for $15 Million, or roughly 4 cents an acre, effectively doubling the size of the United States overnight. This event lead to making the U.S bigger in size which helped with expanding population. 2.
As a fall back plan, in case things in Paris didn’t go as planned, Jefferson also had some negotiators go to Britain to discuss other possible alliances. Napoleon, whom was leading a revolution also needed money and decided to sell the entirety of Louisiana to America for the low price of 15 million. Though the federal government wasn’t specifically defined as having the authority to make a purchase such as that but Jefferson thought about being “troubled by the inconsistency, but in the end decided that the Constitution's treaty-making provisions allowed him room to act. ”(1) This was known as the Louisiana Purchase and it consists of land from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and allowed Americans to expand even further without worry of a foreign entity keeping them from doing so or causing tension between two countries with the necessity of the trade route for the US.
Thomas Jefferson has also done and changed the country during his presidency. One commodity changed of the country, and possibly the largest, was Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase. The Louisiana Purchase was an outstanding change to the country, this is because it nearly doubled the size of the United States. This also encouraged independence and agrarianism because with the immense amount of new land supposedly every man could have a small farm. The purchase allowed men to become more independent because they could grow their own crop and be self sustaining.
A lover of books and agriculture, a man more used to residing behind the scenes, and author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson, was a Republican-Democratic and the third president of the United States. Jefferson preferred a strict interpretation of the Constitution, a non centralized government, and instead leaving power to the states. He wanted to build the country on agriculture as opposed to Alexander Hamilton, his long-standing rival, on industrialization. However, going against his instincts, Jefferson was forced due to circumstances like foreign affairs, into becoming a more powerful executive, leading a more centralized government, than he might have desired.
The purchasing of the Louisiana Territory promoted Jefferson’s vision for the country because his plans for this nation depended on western expansion as well as access to the international markets for American farmer products. His vision was threatened when France gained control of Louisiana. Napoleon threatened to block American access to the New Orleans port. Napoleon, for a number of reasons, most to do with money, offered the Louisiana territory to the US for a minimal amount. The US now owning the Louisiana territory more than doubled its size overall.
When George Washington was president of the newly founded United States, there were not any political parties. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were two important advisors to George Washington. Each had very different futures for the United States leading to much animosity between the two. As time went on and President Washington stepped down from presidential office, this animosity formed a two party system. Jefferson believed that Hamilton was doing more harm than good.
The Louisiana Purchase has been called, “The Greatest Real Estate Deal in History.” The deal included about one-third of what is now the United States. The young country doubled the size of their country for a very low price. This deal changed the size of the United States, took away the threat of war, and changed the power of the American President.
As much advantages that President Jefferson had with the Louisiana Purchase there was as much disadvantages. How did the Louisiana Purchase come about first? That’s what we all need to talk about so we know how it started? Well in 1802 a Spanish administrator in New Orleans did not allow Americans crop farmers to deposit crops from the port of New Orleans. So when that came to be known from all the farmers they believed it came from Napoleon.
President Thomas Jefferson firmly believed in the ability of the people of America to elect congressmen for guidance of the republic of America. He, also, felt that the central government should be sparing or economical with regard to money. In order to be frugal, he reduced the size of America’s army and navy to almost nothing. He, also, ended internal taxes and worked on paying off the federal debt.
Thomas Jefferson was known as the “Founding Father,” of America, not because he found all the states of the U.S, but because he was the main author of the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776. In addition to being the “Founding Father,” of the U.S., he was also the secretary of war, a republican, a vice president, and president of the United States for one term. Thomas Jefferson shaped America’s history in many ways for instance, his involvement in writing The Declaration of Independence, commencing political parties, and arguably his greatest contribution, was the Louisiana Purchase which allowed America to grow, develop, and diversify. On July 4, 1776, America declared official independence from Britain.
Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson were two different people with two very different views and opinions. Jefferson thought everything Hamilton tried doing to put America on a path of greatness, was a step onto a road to ruin. One of the big, controversial issues they disagreed on was the economy; the dispute was over whether manufacturing or agriculture should be the main source to increase the nation’s revenue. Economy is very important to a nation’s success, so both men felt very strongly on this topic. The Federalist, who’s most influential leader was Alexander Hamilton, believed in expanding the economy’s income from just agriculture to manufacturing, trade, and business.
Why Thomas Jefferson Had the Most Impact Upon the U.S. In the beginning of American history, there were many events under a number of different leaders that led to the development of the U.S. as a single united country. One of those leaders was Thomas Jefferson, a very intelligent man who was one of the founding fathers, wrote the Declaration of Independence, and became the third president of the United States. Two reasons why Jefferson had the most impact upon the U.S. were the Louisiana Purchase and the Embargo Act.
When a president enters office, he often comes with a long list of demands and changes he plans on making for the nation that the man before him did not accomplish. The changes each president has made assisted the forever-growing nation, in hope of benefiting all of the population living within it. Thomas Jefferson, is no different when it comes to wanting to aid the United States, in fact he dedicated most of his life to fighting for what he believed in. Jefferson earned the nickname “The Apostle of Democracy” due to him introducing democracy to the nation (Inside Gov). During the early years of America, there were various different forms of the American Republic especially in between Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
A mention of Hamilton and Jefferson, ring on mind as the history of American founding fathers. These are two great men who are remembered in history as being behind the birth of the nation and bringing together different vies that saw the growth and development of the country. However, the two great men have several differences which are mainly based on their thoughts on the growth and development of the country. While one was political minded, the other was completely economical minded thus giving the major difference between the two founding fathers of United States. on the issue of economy, the two founding fathers different on whether the united states would go the manufacturing way or continue with the small farming.
However, when Jefferson purchased Louisiana it had and still holds a great significance and positive lasting effect on the United States. The Louisiana Purchase was a land deal between the United States and France, where the U.S. acquired 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. In 1803, France offered to sell Louisiana to the U.S. To accomplish this, Jefferson sent secretary Robert R. Livingston and James Monroe to France to negotiate the purchase of Louisiana with Napoleon. Livingston and Monroe were instructed to buy New Orleans and as much land to it’s west for a maximum of $10 million. During this time, Monroe and Livingston were arranging a window on the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans.