Thomas Jefferson: A Contentious Patriot
In the mere beginnings of his presidency in 1801, Thomas Jefferson knew he was to live up to the expectations of the American public. Rumors were circulating that Spain would give up control of the strategic ports of New Orleans back to France, Jefferson feared this greatly. Fervently, the idea of Spain giving the ports back to the original owner of the French ensued to become more of a possibility, so with this the President took action which may have caused him more hardships than he could possibly envision.
In the 19th century the reality was French military dictator, Napoleon Bonaparte persisted to be contemplating a plan with the Spanish government, to control the ports of New Orleans once …show more content…
Livingston and James Monroe to negotiate with France to purchase West Florida and New Orleans. The starting price began at two million dollars, but delayed when Napoleon gave up with his plans for the land because of France dawdling in debt from the war opposing Britain. Thus, the United States received the bargain being, all of the Louisiana Territory for fifteen million dollars after several months of inaction.
Thomas Jefferson’s reverence for agrarianism, the political philosophy that valued agriculture over urbanization, was built of the ideology that it was the best support for Republicanism. Jefferson deifying this philosophy set him up for implications throughout his presidency during the time of purchasing the Louisiana territory, especially since this in a way betrayed his previous political stance.
Jefferson first led the country intensely against a strong federal government, due to his everlasting fear of tyranny he associated himself with the Republican Party. This Founding Father stood a passionate supporter of state rights’, often speaking highly of his Republican …show more content…
Fifteen million dollars only amounts to four cents per acre, this still took a jab at the nations’ debt during the time. Advancing his growing list of problems, were the Federalists perceiving this as an opportunity to discredit him and sought that this debt would in some way dismember the Union. Like it was predicted the outrage over the purchase and presence of more debt, nearly split the country apart; to implement this Jefferson himself stated that “Every eye in the United States is now fixed on the affairs of Louisiana. Perhaps nothing since the revolutionary war, has produced more uneasy sensations through the body of the nation”