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What was the Louisiana Purchase?  What were its short and long-term impacts on the United States? (250 words, need work cited in MLA)

 

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1. The Louisiana Purchase was one of the greatest mistakes in our country’s history. After Spain ceded to France a treaty that made it possible for Americans to store supplies in New Orleans was withdrawn. Instead of a bloody battle to take over New Orleans, President Jefferson wanted to solve the problem diplomatically by buying New Orleans and as much land into the Floridas as possible (Kennedy, Cohen, Piehl). Instead, he was able to get all of the Louisiana territory to include New Orleans.

                The short and long term impacts on the United States are endless, it made it much easier for America to evolve. The instant short term impacts include being able to use New Orleans and also explore out west all the way to the Pacific. This also made it possible for Americans to grow further out west.              

                This long term impacts of the Louisiana Purchase include the experimental democracy to flourish. It was not possible for this form government to mature because of the last superpower was out of North America. The Louisiana Purchase may have also had negative impacts in the future. For instance the relationship with the Native Americans. If the United States did not buy the Louisiana Purchase, there may have been a different future for the Native Americans under France’s rule.

Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Mel Piehl. The Brief American Pageant: A History of the Republic. Eighth ed. Vol. I. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.

 

2.The Louisiana Purchase was when the 828,000 square miles of Louisiana was bought by the United States from France in 1803. The French needed this sale to happen so they could fund Napoleon's War. Napoleon saw that there problems that could potentially arise, so he sold the land before these problems could manifest. The cost of this acquisition was $15 million. Thomas Jefferson originally wanted to keep his expenditure below $10 million for the purchase of Louisiana, but with the extra $5 million he could grow and expand the United States and reduce any interference from the powerful European countries in the New World. 

Some short term impacts are that there was no longer any significant European power across all of North America which gave them more political freedom, and Napoleon was able to fund and put money into launching a new war surge across Europe. Long term impacts on the United States are that it grew in size considerably and the Native American population was near enough diminished. 

Kennedy, David M., and Lizabeth Cohen. "Chapter 11: The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic." The Brief American Pageant: A History of the Republic. 8th ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.

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