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What was the Missouri Compromise and why was it important?

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The Missouri Territory was part of the original Louisiana Purchase. By 1819 there were enough settlers living in the Missouri Territory to allow it to apply for statehood. However a huge controversy ensued when Missouri applied for admission into the Union. This was due to the fact that in 1819 there were an equal number of free and slave states. Missouri wanted to enter the Union as a slave state and this would have upset the balance and given the South control of ...

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