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The deal that doubled America
Chicago Tribune ^ | September 2, 2003

Posted on 09/02/2003 1:40:00 PM PDT by presidio9

Two hundred years ago this summer and autumn, members of a deeply conflicted Congress were away from sweltering Washington, talking with their constituents back home about an urgent question: Should the still-fledgling United States purchase from Napoleon Bonaparte something called Louisiana, a vast, mysterious and somewhat menacing French colony to the uncharted west?

Deciding whether to instantly double the size of the U.S. wasn't the no-brainer that our hindsight customarily envisions. Americans weren't a unanimously expansionist people, blithely eager to see their country grow.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; Philosophy; US: Alabama; US: Alaska; US: Colorado; US: Illinois; US: Iowa; US: Kansas; US: Louisiana; US: Minnesota; US: Missouri; US: North Dakota; US: Oklahoma; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: anniversary; history; louisianapurchase

1 posted on 09/02/2003 1:40:01 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
The President, always warning against tyranny, had the necessity of acting tyrannically and did so. Another failure of the Law of the Excluded Middle.
2 posted on 09/02/2003 1:43:54 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: msdrby
ping for later
3 posted on 09/02/2003 2:07:53 PM PDT by Prof Engineer (HHD - Blast it Jim. I'm an Engineer, not a walking dictionary.)
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To: Prof Engineer
btt
4 posted on 09/02/2003 2:08:53 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: presidio9
One of the reasons for dropping the Confederation and adopting the Constitution was to secure the Mississippi.
Edmund Pendleton June 12, 1788.: "The right to that river must be settled by the sword, or negotiation."

James Madison to Robert R. Livingston and James Monroe, 2 March 1803 Instructions for the Negotiations with France

Though We weren't expecting all of that territory west of the river to fall into our hands.

5 posted on 09/02/2003 3:32:08 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: presidio9
bump
6 posted on 09/02/2003 3:49:15 PM PDT by socal_parrot (New and improved.)
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To: presidio9
One of the principal considerations, which drove Jefferson on this, was the need to secure the other side of the Mississippi for Americans, or their cousins, rather than Mexicans, or other Spanish speaking, culturally very different peoples. This whole issue shows how far we have drifted in our immigration policy, from the original understanding. While the Founding Fathers encouraged "liberal" immigration, to fill the vast empty regions on our fronteirs, they were interested in compatible immigration. (See Immigration & The American Future.)

William Flax

7 posted on 09/02/2003 3:56:44 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: presidio9
It wasn't the principled thing to do but it was the pragmatic thing to do. The alternatives were far worse.

Yet one more example of Jefferson acting uncharacteristically. The man was a chameleon. That said, he's my favorite.

Many of my ancestors were living in Louisiana as early as the 1750's, and at least one fought with Governor Galvez against the Brits during the American Revolution. Not too many people know about the Spanish support for the American Revolution. Heck, not too many know (or care) that Louisiana was Spanish for a while.

Napoleon forced his Bourbon "cousin" to retrocede Louisiana so he could sell it off. The alternative was for Louisiana to become Spanish or British, or independent.

American is better.

8 posted on 09/02/2003 6:43:48 PM PDT by CobaltBlue (Never voted for a Democrat in my life.)
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To: presidio9
I thought the headline refered to the 1965 Immigration Act.
9 posted on 09/02/2003 7:39:31 PM PDT by dagnabbit (Coddling Guilty Saudis = Accessory After the Fact)
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