The Duel of 1800

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Alexander amilton and Aaron Burr

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  • Both Alexnader Hamilton and Aaron Burr were politicians and Hamilton had opposed Aaron Burrs career by attcking his career many times publically. In the election of 1800 Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson had tied in the election. Hamilton quickly aided Jefferson which he called "The lesser of two evils" to win the vote by the house causing Burr to become the Vice President. In later years Burr ran for governor and Hamilton quickly protested against him with many others causing him to loose. That was when Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel on July 11, 1804.
  • Background
  • The Duel Part 1
  • The duel took place on July 11, 1804 in Weehawken ,New Jersey at 7 a.m. Hamilton(Right)was with Nathaniel Pendleton and Dr. David Hosack, a physician. While Burr(Left) had brought W. P. Van Ness along with them.
  • The Duel Part 2
  • It was known that when the duel first started, Alexander Hamilton took the first shot. Hamilton fired high missing Burr which is still unknown as accidental or not.
  • The Duel Part 3
  • When it was Aaron Burr's turn, he fired his shot directly at Hamilton. The shot pierced through his abdomen and went all the way through his spine. Alexander Hamilton ended up dying the next day due to his wounds.
  • Shortly after the duel, Aaron Burr was charged with murder but was still able to return to Washington D.C to finish his term as Vice-President. He then lost his relection in 1805 and had ruined his career. He was then tried for treason in 1807 but was aqquited and was known as a traitor by the country. Burr then fled to Europe until 1812 then returned to the U.S to live out the rest of his life until Sep. 14, 1836 when he passed away.
  • The Aftermath
  • I believe that the duel was an event waiting to occur. At the time with all of the tension that was occuring between Hamilton and Burr it was the only way they could solve their disputes. It would have been viewed as hypocrtical for Hamilton to refuse the duel after everything he had said about Burr prior to the duel. Although, I believe they could have still reached a comprimise as men without a duel that left one of them dead. This way a life would have been spared and neither man wouldn't have lost his elite reputation.
  • My Opinion
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