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- In 1800 and 1801, however, France once again
obtained control of the region. Oh no! Concerns grew
when, right before giving the area to France, Spanish
officials stopped letting Americans keep their goods in
NO while waiting for their shipment to other countries.
- Jefferson responded by preparing for war and sending
James Monroe to join Robert Livingston in France. Their
goal: to buy NO. But they got a heck of a lot more than
they bargained for when in April 1803 Napoleon offered
the whole deal to the US for $15 million [needed the $].
- Strategically, the deal was a major dream, but there
was the ever-annoying question: was it Constitutional for
Jefferson to buy the land [didn’t say in Constitution that
Presidents could buy land]? Jefferson considered
amending the Constitution for it, but decided the
President’s implied powers were enough. Besides, as an
expansionist, it was just too good to pass up. 71 - In May 1804 Jefferson sent out Meriwether Lewis and
William Clark to map the territory and go all the way to
the Pacific Coast. L&C led the Corps of Discovery,
which was a rather diverse group consisting of army
regulars, young adventurer-wannabes, and Indian guides
added along the way [Sacagawea]. The group arrived
back home on September 23, 1806, bringing with them
an extensive knowledge of the flora, fauna and peoples
of the West.
- Other explorations, like the one led by Zebulon Pike,
which explored the Southwest, followed, eventually
leading to the creation of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1820s
and the beginning of US settlement in Texas.
- The craze for expansion set off by the Louisiana
Purchase certainly did not bode well for the Indians, who,
due to continual land losses, were finding their traditional
lifestyles difficult to maintain [disease was also a big
- So in the early 1800s 2 Shawnee brothers, Prophet
and Tecumseh led a revolt against American
encroachment by creating a pan-Indian federation.
Prophet, who claimed to hav...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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