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The Impact of the Louisiana Purchase

This solution is an explanation of the impact of the Louisiana Purchase on domestic politics, western expansion and the extension of slavery, and foreign policy.

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The Impact of the Louisiana Purchase on domestic politics, western expansion and the extension of slavery, and foreign policy relations with Spain, England.

On 30 April 1803, President Thomas Jefferson made a treaty with Napoleon Bonaparte, which consisted in the Louisiana Purchase. The United States paid 60 million francs (15 million dollars) to the French government for the 828,000 square miles of territory that extended from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to British America (present-day Canada). This treaty had many repercussions:

I. Domestic politics

Many people, especially the Federalists from New England, vehemently opposed the Louisiana Purchase for various reasons. First, the Constitution of the United States, at that moment, said nothing about the acquisition of new territories. The Federalists argued that the president was ...

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This solution explains the impact of the Louisiana Purchase on domestic politics, western expansion, the extension of slavery and foreign relations with Spain and England.

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