Lecture 6(Louisian Purchase II)

Lecture 6(Louisian Purchase II) - HIST 3071: Louisiana...

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HIST 3071: Louisiana History Spring 2008 Dr. Alecia P. Long 2.7.08 LOUISANA IN THE TERRITORIAL PERIOD: 1803-1812 -Reform, Religion, and Rebellion- OVERALL ARGUMENT : * Territorial Period Characterized by: o Significant reform of government o Reform of religion o Significant unrest and rebellion o Push and pull (good metaphor) POLITICS AFTER THE PURCHASE : * Uncertainty prevailed o People rejected the colonial system that seemed to be setting up in LA * Issues over security * Questions about the capacity of the people for self-government o People don’t want to be colonial subjects o Citizens or (colonial subjects)—people don’t want to be colonial subjects * Can they exhibit virtue? o Virtue is very important idea in the 18 th /19 th centuries WILLIAM C.C. CLAIBORNE : * The no 4 choice * “Only his youth, limited experience, and complete ignorance of French and Spanish were drawbacks.”- Jon Kuhla * Held essentially dictatorial powers over the colony * Directed by Jefferson to make change slowly and prudently GENERAL JAMES WILKINSON : * Claiborne’s military commander * Controversial military career * Questionable loyalties * 1785—goes west to Kentucky * 1787—made secret deal with the Spanish in N.O.—“a perfect chameleon” o He will serve as a spy for the Spanish o He could bring KY in the Spanish domain instead of becoming a state
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2008 for the course HIST 3071 taught by Professor Long during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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Lecture 6(Louisian Purchase II) - HIST 3071: Louisiana...

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