Essay on A Comparative Look At The Louisiana Territory

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We would not be the thriving nation that has come to be today if not for the quagmire the Thomas Jefferson found himself in 1803 contemplating the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France. ”At the time of purchase, Jefferson was concerned about the constitutionality of making a land acquisition without adding a covering amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The law of the land, however, did give the president treaty-making power, and the Louisiana Purchase was ratified into law as a treaty by the U.S. Senate. The Louisiana Purchase stands as the largest area of territory ever added to the U.S. at one time.”(Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, 2014, 1p.) Historians undoubtedly agree that the purchase of the Louisiana Territory opened a door not only to great land expansion but also to colossal moral dilemmas. Dilemmas such as constitutionalism, the need for such coveted land, and concern of an uprising from the states.

To add a comparative look at the Louisiana Territory, it enclosed the modern day states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma; the territory also included chunks of North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico. These modern day states make up at least a third of our current national land. With the security of this section of land we today have a boosted economy from these states. These boosts include exclusive trade markets per state.

Jefferson, being a Democratic-Republican, believed…

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