Journal 3 - History 15A Journal#3 During the early portions of American history foreign policy was a hugely controversial issue Because of the yet

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September 26, 2009 History 15A Journal #3 During the early portions of American history, foreign policy was a hugely controversial issue. Because of the yet to be settled area west of the Appalachians, American’s considered it to be foreign territory but a possible new frontier. As Americans ventured westward, issues with the Native Americans became more common: “The American attempt to treat western Indian tribes as conquered peoples after the Revolution had resulted only in further violence and warfare.” 1 (P.192) However, those issues arose because of the sales of Indian land to American settlers. This created a bit of a contradiction. During Thomas Jefferson’s presidency there was a focus on expansionism. He had hoped for expansion in the form of agriculture. The significance of the Louisiana Purchase came as an opportunity for expansion, trade, and resources. Indians stood in the way of these goals and that is why they were forcibly removed from their homes. Due to these forced and bullied migrations, many tribes lashed out in the form of warfare. Unfortunately
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Journal 3 - History 15A Journal#3 During the early portions of American history foreign policy was a hugely controversial issue Because of the yet

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