The Louisiana purchase
Views on Freedom
Interests in Louisiana
How It Happened
Precedent of Expansion
Florida - 1819
Texas - 1845
Oregon - 1846
Mexican Cession - 1848
Gadsden Purchase - 1853
In order to be the free country America is supposed to be, Jefferson wanted to buy New Orleans to be away from England.
Since America declared freedom from Great Britain, they need to fully separate.
Jefferson was frightened by all the foreign countries around America, so he wanted to buy Louisiana to distance them.
He especially wanted to get rid of England. In order to separate from England, he wanted to buy New Orleans and everything east of it.
Jefferson offered up to 10 million dollars for New Orleans and he hoped to get Florida too.
Jefferson wanted New Orleans so badly because it is the key to their future.
New Orleans has so much economic potential for America because of its location.
It is right next to the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River.
New Orleans has plenty of coast for trade; it can ship goods to other countries and inside the US itself.
Map of New Orleans.
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