Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Duel
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The duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. This duel can be described as one of the most important and famous in American history. This duel took place on July 11, 1804 in Weehawken, Jersey.
Rachel Buege Period 6
This duel occurred when Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton. In the tie of 1800, Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson came to a tie. Alexander Hamilition has a hate towards both men, but less towards Jefferson. Thus, Hamilton spread negative things about Burr. Then, Burr asked Hamilton to take back those awful things. He refused to result in a duel.
Why are we even doing this, Mr. Burr?
Due to the fact that you told the public many things I rather not discuss. And, on top of that, you won't take it back you incoherent fool. So, I have challenged you to a duel.
He actually fired...
Wait a second... He didn't shoot meaning... I murdered him.
After this duel, Hamilton was killed by Aaron Burr. Aaron Burr claimed that Hamilton shot at him, and missed. The charge of murder was under Burr´s name, but as vice president, nothing happened. He continued his term as if nothing had occurred. Then in the years of 1805 and 1806, he made an attempt to start an independent country by seizing the Lousiana territory. His plan failed, and he was convicted of treason. Therefore, he fled to Europe, and later returned to New York, murder charges forgotten.
It was barbaric and uncivilized for the two men to both take part in a duel. Both of which, were extremely wealthy, and had many resources. Thus, being no reason to kill each other over a title. Life is can be easily taken away from someone and it would be childish to waste that away. Also, Hamilton should have refused as keeping his title is not more important than his life. But, I guess he thought otherwise.
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