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purchase of the Louisiana Territory

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.

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Thomas Jefferson' purchase in 1803 of the vast Louisiana Territory, motivated by a mixture of principle and opportunity, nearly doubled the size of the United States at that time. Jefferson's philosophy of government greatly shaped his policies toward public expenditures, the judiciary, and the Louisiana Purchase. His goal was to avoid foreign entanglements--something he believed was beyond reach as long as European powers had large landholdings in North America. He also dreamed of an "empire of liberty" extending across North America. Jefferson saw this empire being gained not by military conquest but by the expansion of the free and virtuous American people.

In 1762, France had ceded Louisiana to Spain, but by the ...

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This solution describe the events leading to the purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803. It also discusses the terms of the treaty and how Jefferson reconciled his strict interpretation of the Constitution with the acquisition of the territory.

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