Moral Dilemmas Of The Louisiana Purchase

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The Louisiana Purchase
Thomas Jefferson was an active hero, a spokesman for democracy, and the third president of these United States of America. As president, he was always faced with diversity; whether it was dealing with the Barbary pirates in the middle east, belligerent British trade policies, and even the greatest acquirement of all time: the Louisiana Purchase. The Louisiana purchase was one of the best procurements that could have happened to this great nation. That is why The purchase of Louisiana held no significant moral dilemmas for President Thomas Jefferson, because it benefited the nation by growing more than double the size of the United states, gave the country complete control of the port of New Orleans, and provided territory
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Therefore, Thomas Jefferson set up negotiations with the French and sent James Monroe and Robert Livingston to negotiate the sole purchase of the Port of New Orleans and west of Florida for $10 million. When they showed up to the meeting on negotiating plans of purchasing the port and land, France was at war and was running low on funds for the war, so when Monroe and Livingston proposed the offer, the French representative instead offered the whole Louisiana territory which was 825,000 square miles of land for $15 million. Even though they were only sent to purchase The Port, they knew that this was an offer that they couldn’t refuse. So they went beyond the instructions that Jefferson has given them and purchased the whole territory and signed the treaty on the second day of May which came to be known as: the Louisiana Purchase.
After the purchase, most of the United States was very rapturous over the purchase, Thomas Jefferson however felt that he had gone behind the Constitution since it nowhere permitted the federal government to purchase new land, even if the purchase went behind the Constitution it still had no significant moral dilemma because first off it benefited the nation by doubling in size, which meant that the nation would grow in a vastly manner and even make
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Although this would additionally create the problem of having to defend a nation twice as large as before. Which would mean that the U.S. would have to make their military much bigger and stronger. Something that was against Jefferson 's beliefs. It also provided more resources like farming, plants, animals, food, landscapes, and made westward expansion easier to conduct since the United states eliminated the presence of the French being within the boundaries of the U.S. without any altercations; with the exception of Indians that is. Native Americans were predominantly living west of the Mississippi river and were not going to be susceptible to American society. So this might have caused some disputes with the Americans and Natives. However, the most important and valuable gain was the Port of New Orleans, and the Mississippi river. With the Port of New Orleans it secured trading routes, considering how the port was one of the largest ports in the gulf, plus it prevented any interruption in American finance that would come from disrupted trade like French taxation on goods and any other conditions on American use of the

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