The Louisiana Purchase Essay

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The land of the Louisiana Purchase was a vast unexplored area, which changed in ownership many times. This land was first owned by France but was turned over to Spain in the treaty that ended the French and Indian war. In 1762, the French possessions west of the Mississippi were transferred to Spain by the secret treaty. President Thomas Jefferson caught wind of this secret arrangement between Spain and France and was worried. He was worried that the French were planning to use the Louisiana territory, as land for war against the United States. President Thomas Jefferson, promised himself and the people of the United States in his inauguration speech, prior to hearing about the secret arrangements, that he would stay out of the foreign affairs …show more content…
Prior to the Louisiana Purchase, there was small disputes and disagreements between the North and the South about slavery. The North, better known as the Union, were for the most part, very against slavery. Where as the South, better known as the confederates, relied heavily on slavery for farming purposes. The one question on everybody 's mind, was whether or not slavery would be allowed in the new western states. “In 1820, the Missouri Compromise had attempted to resolve this question: It had admitted Missouri to the union as a slave state and Maine as a free state, preserving the fragile balance in Congress. More important, it had stipulated that in the future, slavery would be prohibited north of the southern boundary of Missouri (the 36º30’ parallel) in the rest of the Louisiana …show more content…
If we look back to when President Thomas Jefferson was put in the tough situation to buy the Louisiana territory, and go against what he had said in his inauguration speech, to stay out of foreign affairs, the french could have easily used the land to start a war. This war could have ended very badly, and the United States could have easily been taken over by the French. Like I stated earlier, the Louisiana purchase was an important move to further the growth of the United States, because it gave the US firm control over the Mississippi river, more than doubled the size of the United States, and by Jefferson expanding America it lead to the creation of the Missouri

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