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The Louisiana Purchase Essay

The Louisiana Purchase Essay

Describe the events leading to the purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803. Discuss the terms of the treaty and how Jefferson reconciled his strict interpretation of the Constitution with the acquisition of the territory.

Before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the entire Louisiana territory covered what is today known as the Midwest.  The purchase of the land was a monumental step in the expansion of the United States.  Thomas Jefferson became the 2nd president of the United States in 1800 and assumed control in 1801.  He envisioned a society of independent farmers that were free from the restraints of industrial towns and the mobs of European cities (Brinkley p. 181).

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