The Revolution Of The United States

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In the mere beginnings of his presidency in 1801, Thomas Jefferson knew he was to live up to the expectations of the American public. A developing fear of President Jefferson’s were the rumors circulating concerning Spain’s control of the strategic ports of New Orleans. Fervently, the idea of Spain giving the ports back to the original owner of the French was becoming more of a possibility. Realization struck Thomas Jefferson that French military dictator, Napoleon Bonaparte persisted contemplating the plan to control the ports once again, and he wrote, “The cession of the Spanish Province of Louisiana to France, which took place in the course of the late war, will, if carried into effect, make a change in the aspect of our foreign relations which will doubtless have just weight in any deliberations of the Legislature connected with that subject”. By recording this former President Jefferson briefly envisioned altering his traditional foreign policy stance to an anti-French alliance with the British, “France placing herself in that door assumes to us the attitude of defiance. Spain might have retained it quietly for years.… From the moment we must marry ourselves to the British fleet and nation”. The idea crossed Jefferson’s mind that a change in ownership may result in France withholding access of the ports from settlers of the Mississippi these key ports were crucial for American commerce, and so he wrote of this importance, “There is on the globe one single spot, the

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