Moral Dilemmas In The Louisiana Purchase

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The Louisiana Purchase posed several significant moral dilemmas for President Thomas Jefferson, among these was not having the power to buy Louisiana. Before Thomas Jefferson was president he campaigned under the program to limit federal power. He felt that the federal government should not have more power than what the constitution granted it. When he became president he only had the power that the constitution allowed him to have. When France offered to sell the whole Louisiana territory, Thomas did not have enough power to make the decision of weather or not to buy the territory. The constitution did not grant him that kind of power. Everyone had to agree to buy the land for he can be able to buy it. Thomas Jefferson knew that if he bought …show more content…
The Federalist Party were the most who disagreed they thought that by buying Louisiana it can lead us in to war with Spain. Spain owned the western part of the United States which meant that Spain will boarder their new land. The Democratic- Republican Party also disagreed because they did not was the national debt to increase. The got mad because Thomas Jefferson promised to eliminate the nation debt but instead by buying the land he would higher it. Northerners predicted that this can increase and spread slavery in to the new land. Both political party thought that the purchase was unconstitutional. There were some people that agreed with him in his decision, many southerners. They saw the land and inexpensive farmland, which could be good for them to be able to grow more crops and make more money. They also had access to the Mississippi River which gave them many advantages. It would boost to Americas economic development. The purchase of the land on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River to build an American port. That land also has many rich mineral resources,productive soil, forest, and wildlife …show more content…
He decided to pick Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead the expedition. Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis to find a route across the continent to use for trade. He wanted him to keep a record of land, plants, animals, and minerals. He also wanted him to make a relationship with the Indians because he said it was good for economic and political success. In 1804, they took 45 men on the expedition with them. The went north of the Mississippi River, went across the Rocky Mountains, reached the Pacific Ocean, they returned to St. Louis in September 1806. People started expansion started fast. Many farmers thought the land has rich soil that would be great for growing crops and starting there farm. Also, since the land was new it would be affordable and not expensive. People used that land and new routes as a way to traded and expand their businesses. Nine years after the Louisiana purchase the first state was named and joined the union as the 18th state of the United

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