Dilemmas Of The Louisiana Purchase

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Throughout Thomas Jeffersons’ Presidency, several unforeseen circumstances get in his way. These situations illustrate how the United States acquires land and how the Constitution works. One of these unexpected dilemmas, known as the Louisiana Purchase, provided the nation with the land to expand into the western portion of the United States and achieved one of the most important factors of the purchase, New Orleans. The Louisiana Purchase caused major controversy in the early 1800’s. Jefferson believed that, for a nation that was for the people, the federal government should not assume it has any power or authority over anything but what the Constitution grants. Jefferson was not legally allowed to make the purchase, but he did so for the …show more content…
His platform was “a program of limiting federal power; as a strict constitutionalist, he asserted that the federal government should not assume any powers not explicitly granted to it by the Constitution.” Jefferson believed that rights not explicitly stated in the Constitution should be given to the states. However, when the huge opportunity approached Jefferson to purchase Louisiana from France, he overstepped all of these boundaries. He used the governments’ power to purchase the land from France without the complete knowledge of Congress. Also, being a strict follower of the Constitution, Jefferson knew that he needed to have the offer approved yet he did not have the time. Even though many people thought that Jefferson was prohibited by the Constitution to make the purchase, the Constitution never specifically stated that the President had no rights to supervise this …show more content…
If he had not bought Louisiana from Napoleon who knows if the United States would even exist. Jefferson wanted Louisiana and New Orleans primarily for the Port of New Orleans to control the importing and exporting of goods coming in and out of the United States. The purchase benefited everyone: the farmers and common people, the Federalists, and the people who were just mainly looking for untold riches and land to explore. The wealth, the Port of New Orleans, the large farming grounds that were available were obvious, but the dilemma on purchasing this prize was ever present. The Constitution was constructed for the benefit of our nation and to protect the nation’s best interests. Therefore, the Constitution was created to protect the Louisiana Purchase because that decision was proclaimed as one of our nation’s best

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