The Louisiana Purchase Analysis

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If one were to take a walking tour of the New Orleans French Quarter, they would noticed an abundance of architecture unique to the American landscape. This variety in style can be credited to both Spanish and French influences that occupied the area in colonial American times. In 1803, however, governance of this territory was handed over to the United States of America in a trade deal with Napoleon and the French occupants.
The Louisiana Purchase is studied in United States History as one of the largest real-estate deals our nation has encountered, and while this is the case, some truths behind this monumental transaction have been omitted from factual knowledge. Many Americans are taught of Thomas Jefferson and his plan to carry out the
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Minister to France, Robert R. Livingston, conducted most of the business and “…President Jefferson was unprepared for the Louisiana Purchase” Thomas Jefferson was ill-equipped in handling the matter of the transaction between France and rather than conducting the matters himself, he relied solely on a liaison to take charge instead. Only when Jefferson was essentially forced to handle matters—when it came to the attention of Congress for approval—did he step him and rather than playing a prominent role in the transaction from the its origins, “It was so entirely unsought on his part that he had given the subject no consideration until half an empire came tumbling upon him..." Jefferson did not fully understand or previously think through any repercussions that would come about from the purchase and rather than first gaining an objective opinion and following approval from congress, the act when on as planned. And while “…the Mississippi River became an increasingly important conduit for the produce of America’s West…” the purchase of this territory cause the United States to propel further into debt that it had already accumulated from the multitude of wars it had participated in …show more content…
Originally Monroe was sent to join Livingston in not only purchasing the territory, but also to create a military alliance with England in an effort to halt French advancements on the restoration of French rule in the New World. When the alliance failed, a strike of luck came over the American negotiators and the French army in St. Domingue fell ill with Yellow Fever leaving the forces weak and Napoleon out of options. As a last minute decision to help benefit France in its war with England, Napoleon offered the Louisiana territory for the $15 million in order to gain funds for the war. So rather than Jefferson encouraging the Louisiana Purchase, with the help of Monroe and Livingston, as well as natural causes, the purchase was able to occur allowing America to gain a significant amount of land to its

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