The Manifest Destiny: Westward Expansion Of The Louisiana Purchase

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Thomas Jefferson had many important roles in his lifetime. He was a public official, historian, and a philosopher. He was also one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence and became the third President of the United States. He was in service to the country for over five decades. He inherited some slaves from his father and father-in-law. On a regular year, when he was younger than the age of sixteen,he owned around two hundred slaves. During his presidency, in 1803, Jefferson decided to purchase the Louisiana territory from the French for fifteen million dollars. This purchase stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to New Orleans. The Louisiana purchase affected the United States by doubling its size. In Jefferson’s opinion, the westward expansion was the right path towards the nation’s health. Since there was a reasonable population, the need to provide enough land for the population was necessary. In order to get more land, the west expansion must continue. This expansion encouraged the Manifest Destiny and spread of christianity. Since the Manifest Destiny was the belief of expanding the United States westward, the Louisiana purchase helped it by doubling its size. This purchase did come before the Manifest…show more content…
The Manifest Destiny was the expansion of the United States allowing it to stretch from coast to coast. Americans believed that they were fated by God to expand the nation and make the United States more stronger. The Manifest Destiny was believed to be fated by God because many things were easily handed to the Americans such as winning against the United Kingdom in the War of 1812 , taking over Spain without any big conflict and lastly, the Louisiana Purchase by Thomas Jefferson. Both, Jefferson and the Manifest Destiny, took action to make the United States more
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