Thomas Jefferson faced a moral dilemma and had to contemplate many factors when deciding whether to execute the deal for the expansion of the newly formed country by the Louisiana Purchase. These factors include the cost of buying into the Louisiana Purchase and associated debt, funding a foreign country overseen by a dictator, and differing opinions and concerns from the American people about the potential purchase. The payment for the land that Thomas Jefferson purchased from France was an important part of his moral dilemma. Jefferson pondered whether the purchase of the Louisiana Territory was worth the risks it would bring to the people and the government or if it was too much to handle being a newly formed country that has not established
Monroe’s principal concern had been to make sure that European mercantilism not be reimposed on an area of increasing importance economically and ideologically to the United States. When, however, President John Tyler used the doctrine in 1842 to justify seizing Texas. The next time it was mentioned was in 1861 in hopes of avoiding the Civil War. The United States, said Seward, in order to divert attention from the impending crisis, should challenge supposed European interventions in the Western Hemisphere by launching a drive to liberate Cuba and end the last vestiges of colonialism in the Americas. President Lincoln turned down the idea.
The Monroe Doctrine was a speech given in 1823 by James Monroe, the 5th president of the United States, to the U.S. Congress concerning European presence in the Western Hemisphere. Monroe was becoming continuously concerned about European influence in the region. While the primary audience for this message was Congress, the intended audience was all European powers, including Russia, and Latin America. The events in Latin America before and after the Spanish-American War will be used as an example of the imperial reach by the U.S. The United States, ironically, became an imperial power through its mission outlined in the Monroe Doctrine to end European colonialism and imperialism.
The said purchase seeks to “remove all the source of misunderstanding relative to the objects of discussed mentioned in the Second and fifth articles o f the Convention of the 8th Vendé miaire an 9/30 September 1800 relative to the rights claimed by the United States in virtue of the Treaty concluded at Madrid the 27 of October 1795” (American Originals). While the Proclamation Line of 1763 sought to stop the conflicts between the colonists and the Native Americans, the purchase was all about the deal of the United States and France, which enabled the U.S. to “acquired approximately 827,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River for $15 million” (Montecillo). To note, the Louisiana Territory stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada and from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. In 1762 the French gave Spain the territory as a thanks for their assistance in the Seven Years War.
The victory did not come easy to Polk as he thought it would, but on February 2, 1848 an agreement was made with Mexico known as the Treaty of Guadalupe which states Mexico agreed to cede California and New Mexico to the United States. This was shows how far the United States was willing to go in order to fulfill the Manifest Destiny. The Manifest Destiny helped to spark an expansion in the United States that would change the shape of the nation forever. The Louisiana Purchase sparked this idea of expansion, and then was quickly followed by the westward migration of a large population, and this would lead to
Jefferson believed in a strict interpretation of the United States Constitution. However, when asked to purchase the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, he could not resist. Even though he was not sure if the chief act was constitutional, he made the decision to purchase the territory regardless. This decision is considered a loose interpretation act,
He had returned to France at February 1779, working with John Adams and Benjamin Franklin to help persuade King Louis XVI to send additional troops, to help supply the colonists, and naval support (Leepson, M., 2016, July 15). Lafayette was able to postpone the Americans debt to the French Government. During this time Thomas Jefferson, a good friend of Lafayette, arranged a shipment of Houdon 's bust of Lafayette. Two Years later Jefferson bought his own Lafayette Bust by Houdon and it is currently placed in the tea room at Monticello (1996, October, Thomas Jefferson 's Monticello). Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette constructed the infamous Declaration of the Man and of the
Thomas Jefferson had dreamed of exploring the West for a long time before he had even become President. In 1783 he had asked Clark's brother, George, to take on the challenge of exploring the Louisiana Territory. After finally purchasing the Louisiana Territory, Jefferson asked, his secretary of state, Lewis to go on the journey. Lewis was very intelligent and trustworthy, and after being given specific instructions and properly trained, he began the expedition on August 30, 1803 in Pittsburgh PA. William Clark would then offer to join Lewis on the expedition weeks later on October 13 at Camp Dubois, which is now in present-day Indiana.
Thomas Jefferson changed the future of the American nation by purchasing the Louisiana Territory, being friendly and popular with the people, and writing the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory changed the United States. In 1803 Jefferson bought the Territory from France. Before Jefferson bought the territory, he tried seven times to acquire the land from France but failed. Once the territory was bought, he immediately got together an exploration team led by Lewis and Clark.
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 Pike’s Expedition was a military party sent out by President Thomas Jefferson and authorized by the United States government to explore the south and west of the recent Louisiana Purchase. Pike ended up at Fort Bellefontaine in St. Louis, where General James Wilkinson was a governor of the Louisiana territory. He ordered Pike to find the northern source of the Mississippi River. His assignment was fairly broad he was to map out the territory, find suitable sites to build forts, negotiate with the indian tribes and report on british activity in the territory. Defeating the Barbary State
The French and the British both wanted to dominate the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River. These rivers were used to provide trade routes for commerce. The French had constructed a number of forts in this region to strengthen their claim on their territories. In 1754 the fighting between the French and British began because the British wanted to settle colonies in the Ohio River Valley. The spark of the war was when General George Washington led an army against the French at Fort Necessity, but were defeated.
In 1803, President Jefferson Stroke a deal with James Monroe to join Robert Livingston in assisting in the negotiations. Jefferson writes Robert Livingstone, “…we must learn at once whether we can acquire New Orleans or not.” This negotiations that President Jefferson ordered were for the purchase of New Orleans, and or part of Florida, and if that was not possible, then they would have to purchase only New Orleans, and if that was too not possible, they would try and secure the United States access to the Mississippi River and the port of New Orleans. Acquisition was apparently difficult because of the more powerful Napoleon. He was targeting to retake victory in the continent when he took power in
In 1803, Thomas Jefferson wrote a document to France to purchase western land, also known a the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson was given the land from France, and wanted to study the new purchased territory. He sent out his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis, he had much knowledge about the frontier. Lewis asked for help from William Clark, he also was a draftsman and frontiersman and had more knowledge than Meriwether. Both of the men made a plan to take a two-year trip to the ocean.