Jefferson’s dilemma in the Louisiana Purchase In April of 1803 Thomas Jefferson was faced with many moral dilemmas in the process of buying the Louisiana territory. Though the price for the territory was beyond generous, Jefferson felt that by purchasing the territory he would be going against his beliefs that the constitution should be followed word for word. The constitution said nothing of the president having the power to purchase land from another government, or to use money of the states for the same purpose (“the moral dilemma”). Another problem was once the land was purchased, there was a fear that it could have been a waste since they had no way to know the layout of the land, and what it would be useful for.
At the end of April the American envoys had agreed to pay $11,250,000 for the land. This deal, known as the Louisiana Purchase, nearly doubled the size of the United States. President Thomas Jefferson called it “an ample provision for our posterity and a widespread field for the blessings of freedom.” and it also had fault-finder on both the French and American sides.
The Louisiana Purchase The Louisiana purchase was one of the biggest land purchases in history. In 1803, the United States paid around $15 million dollars for around 800,000 square miles of land. This was arguably the greatest achievement of thomas jefferson’s presidency. The louisiana territory was a wild card in the european game of imperialism.
The Louisiana Purchase was a “land deal” made between France and the U.S. in December of 1803, where France sold America 828,000 miles of land along the west side of the Mississippi River for 15 million dollars (approximately 4 cents per acre). People regard it as Thomas Jefferson’s greatest achievement because of how drastically it changed the United States. The purchase greatly expanded America and brought many other benefits along with it. Although it was definitely a major benefit to the United States, even Jefferson had his doubts about the purchase. But despite many doubts, the U.S. made the decision to ratify the purchase, and because of that decision, America has changed for the better.
The Conflict with that was that France claimed the Mississippi Valley and the Ohio River Valley. They gained control over this land by the exploration of the French explorer Rene Robert Cavalier and Sieur de la Salle. From Canada La Salle moved through an area called the Great Lakes and then after descending the Mississippi River in the year 1682. They took the possession of the land by the name of the king of France and all of the lands that was drained by the river and all of its tributaries.
When purchasing the Louisiana Territory, President Jefferson faced the risk of being prosecuted for violation of the Constitution, which was different from Hamilton’s creation of a national bank because it was illegal. To begin, after the French acquired the Louisiana Territory 1802, Jefferson worried that the French would no longer allow American farmers passage on the Mississippi River or the right to trade at New Orleans, so he sent Robert Livingston to France to negotiate to purchase New Orleans. When Livingston arrived, he was surprised by France’s offer to sell the US the entire Louisiana Territory for just 15 million dollars. Livingston knew he was not authorized to purchase the territory but he also knew that if he waited to ask Congress, the deal might be gone already, so he purchased the territory.
To the United States Senate and House of Representatives, I am a member of the Cherokee nation currently residing in the state of Georgia. Over the past several years, I have watched as the citizens of Georgia have begun coming onto Cherokee land and slowly attempting to take over. Although I do know that a cause of this sudden disruption was the discovery of gold on our land, this does not change the fact that our fathers, yours and mine, have taken part in multiple agreements over the years which established these land boundaries. However, it has recently become aware to me that it seems we have entered into a Treaty of New Echota, which promises us land in the West, money, and compensation for our lands lost, given that we remove ourselves from our native land within two years time. I have several grievances regarding this agreement, the first of which being that the treaty is not a true binding settlement.
So, the white men were fine with letting the Cherokees stay where they were UNTIL they heard there was a whole lot of gold on it, then the white men wanted the land. John Ross was committed to keeping the Cherokee land away from white men because he loved the land and Cherokee Indians a lot. He had even turned down 200,000 dollars that the white men were going to give him for the land. But, eventually, in the year 1830, things got really bad, the US Gov’t passed the Indian Removal Act and in Georgia the white men held a lottery to give away the Indians’ land. John Ross tried to use diplomacy to have the Cherokee’s rights to the land recognized.
Fort Maurepas was the first European settlement in what would become the Southeastern United States, and was crucial to determining the fate of the region for centuries to come. After La Salle’s expedition down the Mississippi River, the French saw a vital need to find a colony near the mouth
and then Spain claimed the Mississippi River’s west bank. Theoretically, French and Spanish commanders at Arkansas Post enjoyed considerable political military, and juridical authority. They presumed to regulate trade, commercial hunting, and Indian relations. But the settler population was too small, scattered, and obstreperous, and soldiers too few, for the power to be very meaningful. Moreover, the Quapaw and Osage refused to be governed by European law.
The Louisiana Purchase territory has had the biggest impact on the United States because of profits, the Mississippi river, and the disadvantages. The land included in the purchase stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. To most Americans, the Louisiana Purchase looked like the greatest land deal in history because it was nation’s first opportunity for expansion. Louisiana Purchase doubled the size at a bargain price for just 2 to 3 cents an acre. On April 30, 1803, Napoleon signed a treaty giving Louisiana to the United States in exchange for $15 million.
Mr. Adams also needlessly increased the size of the army and navy, wasting money that could have been used for something useful, such as making exports. And of course, Jefferson’s “Louisiana Purchase” is one of the greatest Native American services in all of history. Jefferson supplied the Natives with money, supplies, education, and medicine during the famed expedition of Lewis and Clark. He also instructed them to be kind and courteous to all of the natives that they came across, and to assure them that their intentions were innocent.
In preparation and throughout the Battle of Tippecanoe, General William Henry Harrison successfully used Mission Command to meet his intent. The fight for land between the United States (U.S) and Indian tribes began with the creation of land treaties. From 1783 to 1871, the U.S made 372 land treaties with the Indians under the constitutional treaty power.1 The intent was to teach Indians how to farm and push them into debt by selling them farming equipment.2 Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief believed that land belonged to the people and could not be sold by any person.3 Treaties established and Tecumseh’s belief of land usage, led to the Battle of Tippecanoe.
Introduction In 1855, the United States government negotiated a treaty with Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation that ceded 6.4 million acres of tribal ground. The treaty allowed the tribes to maintain hunting and fishing rights on some of these lands. This paper explains the Treaty of 1855 and what it led to (CTUIR Tribal Hunting Rights Reserved in 1855 Treaty).