Territorial Gains Made By The United States Essay

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There were many territorial gains made by the United States between 1800 and 1860; some of those include; Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Florida, Missouri Compromise, and the Westward Expansion which included Texas and Oregon, and California Gold Rush. The pressure of fast population increase between 1800 and 1860 greatly; “just from 1800 to 1820 it increased from 5.3 million to 9.6 million” due to births and immigration rates (Brinkley, 2012, p.218). Each and every one of these purchases brought their own battles with them on figuring out whether they would be a slave state, what was going to happen to the current occupants, especially the Indians, and the boundaries that would be set. Finally, although all of these had their own effect on the country not just in expansion but in many other ways as well.
The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 not only gained territorial boundaries it also expanded white settlement deeper in the continent therefore causing more disagreements between races. The reason behind the start of the Louisiana Purchase is due to trade conflicts. “American ships that normally sail the Mississippi River and drop of their supplies or goods in New Orleans to wait for a transfer into oceangoing vessels were abruptly stopped” (Brinkley, 2012, p.198). This purchase was successful because two events were happening at the same time. First, Jefferson was trying to persuade Congress to allocate the funds to expand the army in case there would be conflict in New Orleans…

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