When he made the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 he purchased more than 800.000 square miles of Louisiana territory. We bought it from France for about $15 million dollars. By buying this territory doubled the size of the United States. Because he just bought some of the Louisiana territory greatly expanded the United States. Jefferson wanted to explore both the new part of the country and the rest of the continent.
In the mid-1800s the United States continued to undergo prompt changes that had made the country distinguished since it formed. Primarily during this time, the U.S started to expand and grasp more of the idea of so called “manifest destiny” which meant belief that God intended the American nation to reach all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The Americans, now determined in the belief that it was their right as well as their fate to expand, supported the nation’s entitlements for new lands. Throughout most of the 1840s, the United States and Great Britain mutually managed Oregon, and Utah was part of Mexico. This did not stop Americans from settling in either area.
XV century inaugurated the start of the European Expansion with Portugal and Spain being the first most successful countries in discovering and colonizing new lands. Spanish colonization of America, without any doubt, was one of the most important events of that period. Stories about lands with many wonderful goods, spices, and other riches encouraged European men, who wanted to enrich themselves and find a better life over the sea, to travel and explore, claiming new lands to become dominions of the sponsoring party, in this case, the Crown of Spain. Christopher Columbus’ first voyage, backed by Queen Isabella of Castile, aimed to find a route to Asia through the West, but was not successful in its goal. However, the result of this unprecedented voyage was more than revolutionary: it discovered the New World.
Finally, we come to the Lewis and Clark Expedition a political issue that changed the United States history forever because we doubled our size when the Louisiana Purchase was bought and wouldn 't have had this expedition if Napoleon wasn’t in debt at the time and Jefferson to negotiate. As president Jefferson wanted to explore and expand towards west he grew interested in Napoleon Bonaparte 's offer to sell France 's Territory known as the Louisiana Purchase for $15 million or (four cents per acre) which at the time, would nearly double the size of the country ("Biographies of the Secretaries of State). On April 30, 1803 the United States officially signed the Louisiana Purchase Treaty with France, in the terms of agreement it stated that all the 820,000 miles of territory from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains now property of the U.S (“Presidential Key Events.”). Most people believe that this is one the greatest achievements ever accomplished by a president. After the U.S purchased the territory, Jefferson appointed Meriwether Lewis, his personal secretary to gather up a party and began planning out an expedition (Binns).
Taking Heaven by Storm is John Wiggers attempt at explaining the rise of early Methodism the changes the early Methodist brought unto early America. In Wiggers acknowledgement he states that “This study is about the dynamics of early Methodist growth in America (1).” And continued later on in in the acknowledgement saying “It had a profound impact of the development of American culture and society, such that its impact can still be felt today” I believe those are bold words to state that early Methodism created such an impact that we can still feel them today. Wiggers opens with sharing statistics on Methodist growth, showing us that between 1770 and 1820 Methodism grew from 1,000 to 250,000 (2). However he quickly follows up stating that because strict
European exploration and conquest of the New Word were fueled by a desire for wealth, power, and status. They also hoped people would convert to Christianity “First, to hold conformity with the rest of His works, being delighted to show forth the glory of His wisdom in the variety and difference of the creatures and the glory of His power, in ordering all these differences for the preservation and good of the whole” (Winthrop, John). The Spanish also descended on America with hopes of bringing Catholicism to the New World while gaining land, power, and money. They both wanted the same thing, to dominate over other ethnic groups while gaining a lot of power and money. The Spanish “gained all of the French lands west of the Mississippi River and
But when Mexico gained independence in 1821, the U.S had already more than doubled its land by buying the “Louisiana Purchase” from France for 15 million dollars in 1803 This majorly increased the popularity of Manifest Destiny because settlers wanted to move to the new land to find gold or start new settlements. This started the many conflicts between Mexico and the U.S because now for the first time the U.S and Mexico shared borders. Mexico needed to protect its borders from the U.S and they had a plan. First Mexico needed to populate the area, then Mexico allowed some Americans to settle Texas, but the
Taking Heaven by Storm by John H. Wigger tells the story about early American Methodism. This book argues that the Methodist changed America forever by giving the everyday American a sense of belonging, but Methodism also fit well with the existing culture, economic characteristics, and religious aspects of the early United States. Wigger focuses on Methodism between the years of 1770 to 1880, a time where this denomination spread rapidly. There are several factors to Methodism that contributed to this growth spurt. Wigger believes that the iterant preachers, treatment of African-Americans and women, and the overall Methodist attitude and way of life all helped this group develop a deep relationship with America, and Winger’s belief proves
Being an American today means everyone is equal the same opportunities are available for every citizen of this great nation. Throughout history, people from around the world have looked to immigrate to America in search of a higher quality life and better opportunities. In the early 1600’s pilgrims found today's America as they were searching for religious freedom, from 1880 to 1920 many immigrants fled to this nation in search of greater economic opportunity (History.com). Currently, there are some varying opinions regarding immigrants in America, some citizens believe immigrants are harmful to the country. Others believe that immigrants are beneficial to America as immigration increases economic growth; with more people working tasks can
The adoption of the Constitution allowed the raise of taxes in order to support and build a stronger armed forces. Jefferson used this to his advantage in order to increase the presence of the Navy by deploying more ships. He put the ships under the command of Commodore Edward Preble. Preble’s fiery temper and aggressive ambitions proved to be enough to whip the U.S. Navy into shape. With Preble’s help, America was able to regain control of the blockade dividing them from Tripoli.
In regards the role of the early presidents in the growth of the nation, their actions had a positive outcome on the growth of the United States and its people. In regards the role of the early Presidents in the growth of the nation, their actions have a positive outcome on the growth of the United States and its people. For instance, the decision President Thomas Jefferson made about purchasing the Louisiana territory had a tremendous effect on the growth of the United States and its people. This can be seen in Document 1 by Joseph Harris, How the Louisiana Purchase Changed in the World 2003, which states "With the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, this is one of the three things that created the modern United States," says
Today I present to you all one of the biggest political conversy in America today, imperialism. After our win from spain in the Spanish-American war we have rights as christian Americans to give freedom and religion to people as well. The colonies that were once apart of spain for almost five decades, has now been given to us due to our victory. These countries will be ours for the better. Having these territories will help gain America fine resources.
The political and technological developments helped to facilitate the European expansion. Individual European explorers’ main motivation was to locate luxury goods, promote Christianity, and to be the first to discover new lands and water. The states supported the European explorers because of demands for luxury goods, religious fervor, and the desire for glory. European expansion and the Afro-Eurasian trade world is the main reason that you have most of the luxury items that you have today. Without this trade world and expansion things would look and taste very
In 1845, the idea of Manifest Destiny was created by John O’Sullivan. Manifest Destiny continued to have a large impact on the development of the U.S. Furthermore, Manifest Destiny helped unite the U.S. through the common goal to expand, however, it further developed the split on slavery. Documents one, four, and six show that Manifest destiny led to a common goal to expand westward, specifically, unifying whig and democratic parties to a common objective. The first document was from a Whig journal and it is clear that he was for expansion,” the natural progress of events will undoubtedly give us that province[California]”(document one).