How Did Jefferson Decided To Buy New Orleans

169 Words1 Page
Jefferson decided to try and buy New Orleans. Why did he want to buy it? He wanted to be sure that American farmers would always be able to ship their goods through the port. Jefferson sent Robert Livingston and James Monroe to buy New Orleans and to buy West Florida from Napoleon. The president said they could offer as much as $10 million. The two men negotiated with Talleyrand, the French foreign minister. At first he showed no interest in what they were offering him. Losing Haiti caused him to give up his plan for an empire in the Americas. He needed money to pay for his costly wars in Europe. He then asked Livingston if the United States wanted to buy all of Louisiana, and not just New Orleans. Monroe and Livingston debated the matter,
Open Document