The Louisiana Purchase

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Lorraine Escalante
Hist 310
E. Hashima
21 April 2013
1. The historical context of this assignment is relatively clear. It tells about the acquisition of Louisiana by the United States, and the controversies and complications of assimilating this newly acquired territory in our country. The President was Thomas Jefferson. He purchased Louisiana because it was a well coveted territory, mostly by the U.S. Not only was it a huge piece of land that could grow Americas size immensely, but commerce was huge there. Also tensions were high with France, who was seemed to be constantly at war. Jefferson purchased Louisiana to keep France from acquiring any territory in the US. The people of Louisiana were described as gentle, amiable people. They were easy going and relatively free people and one of the few places that has almost as many colored people as white.

Perhaps the most relative of events during this time was not so much the purchase of Louisiana, but how to govern them. Louisiana was a French territory, so English was rarely spoken there. This was a problem because the lingua franca of the US was in fact English and there was quite a bit of controversy over how they could be expected to follow rules of and support a government they literally could not understand. It was argued that the other states were part of an agreement or partnership to attain life, liberty and the other fruits of being free men and were treated equally, but Louisiana was not. It was a purchased territory that had not agreed to nor did they ask to be a part of the United States. Another argument was Article 3 of the Treaty Ceding Louisiana, October 30, 1803 where it states that “the inhabitants of the ceded territory shall be incorporated in the union of the United States and admitted as soon as possible, according to the principles of the Federal Constitution, to the enjoyment of all the...
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