Louisiana Purchase Pros And Cons

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The Louisiana Purchase The Louisiana Purchase was land in North America owned by the French and bought by the United States. Thomas Jefferson the current president in 1803 along with other U.S. ministers, negotiated with France for the purchase of the Louisiana territory. Not everyone agreed with the purchase since the U.S. was already in national debt; yet the buying of the Louisiana territory had more pros than cons. Once the territory joined the U.S., it would expand the USA land by twice its original size. The Louisiana Purchase was a major milestone in not only Thomas Jefferson’s presidency but in America’s history. What exactly was the Louisiana Purchase? The actual Louisiana territory spanned 828,000 square miles east to west from …show more content…

Since the 17th century, France had owned the Louisiana territory. Spain was first in line to attempt to buy the land, but as soon as President Thomas Jefferson saw the opportunity he sent James Monroe to France. James Monroe was the French negotiator for Thomas Jefferson. James Monroe did not arrived in France with the intention of purchasing the entire territory, but French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte offered the whole some for $15 million. President Jefferson was hesitant at first, but he realized there would be a positive outcome in the future if he purchased the territory. On May 2nd 1803 after voted upon by congress, a treaty was signed by President Thomas Jefferson and the authority of the land was transferred to him in December of …show more content…

At the time, the United States only inhibited from the edge of the Mississippi River to the Appalachian Mountains. The purchase of the Louisiana territory expanded USA’s land two times its original size. With the purchase of the territory, came the free reign over the Mississippi River, which played a major role in economics and agriculture. The U.S. sailors and merchants relied on the Mississippi River for transportation of their goods. It was inexpensive, safer, and all together more convenient. The Louisiana Purchase also spurred the Westward Expansion movement by President Thomas

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