The State Of The Louisiana Territory

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The purchasing of the Louisiana territory was not as easy of a business transaction as one might think. It was a very rushed, stressful process that caused President Thomas Jefferson a considerable amount of mental and emotional anguish. The problem that was the Louisiana purchase can be broken into three parts: Jefferson’s dilemma, Jefferson’s decision, and the consequences. The Louisiana Purchase was one of the most influential events in American history because it helped not only double the size of the US in the early 1800s, but also helped the United States’ economy prosper. Some events cannot be fully measured at the time of their occurrence. It requires decades, even centuries, to understand their full significance. Next to winning…show more content…
First, there was the direct payment of the money from the United States. Secondly, there was the advantage of saving mineral, and human, resources. Not a single man would be killed defending this vast land in a foreign place, not a single shot of gunpowder or buckshot would be wasted in the hopeless attempt to defend themselves from a vast enemy. In this country’s great history, there have been many important expeditions, discoveries, and wonders. One of the most famous and important expeditions in this country’s history is that of Lewis and Clark. Within their great journey, the two men met countless obstacles, met many new and intriguing cultures, and saw some of the most incredible land that God had ever made. After the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead an expedition on a journey to explore the headwaters of the Missouri River and find an overland route to the Pacific Ocean by way of the Columbia River. By August 31, 1803, Lewis and his party were under way down the Ohio River to meet up with Clark and his group. Together, their group, known as the Corps of Discovery, departed from Camp DuBois near Wood River, Illinois, on May 14, 1804, and proceeded up the Missouri River using a keelboat and two pirogues. By late fall, the party reached the Knife River Indian Villages near present day Washburn, North Dakota. There they built Fort Mandan and spent a
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