Social Studies 7th grade Chapter 10 lesson 2
By rebbod18, Updated
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Sighs. There is so much land over there.
Hey did you know that they are going to stop American trade here?
In 1800 the territory of the United States only went as far west as the Mississippi river because the area west of the river, known as the Louisiana Territory, belonged to Spain. Although the northern boundaries were undefined, the Louisiana Territory was HUGE!!
For a lot of years the French allowed the Americans to trade freely in their land and with them. All of the sudden, in 1802, they changed their policy which no longer allowed american goods to transfer into and beyond New Orleans.
We need to plan to secede from the union!
President Jefferson learned that Spain and France had secretly agreed to transfer the Louisiana Territory to France. This news made Jefferson worried. The agreement between France and Spain was a threat to the United States. Eventually Jefferson bought the land of Louisiana.
Americans did not know a lot about the land that was west of the Mississippi river and Jefferson wanted to learn more about the land. He made Congress to have an expedition to get information about the land he bought. To do this Jefferson chose Meriwether Lewis who was private secretary. Jefferson chose William Clark was chosen as co-leader of the expedition.
The Louisiana purchase did not seem like a good thing to some federalists. They feared the westward expansion would weaken New England's power in political and economical things. Federalists in Massachusetts plotted to secede from the union. The federalist realized that if the confederacy did last then they would need a powerful friend so they went to Aaron Burr.
Alexander Hamilton was worried about rumors that he had heard about Aaron Burr. He didn't trust him at all. He had heard that Burr had secretly agreed to lead New York out of the Union. Hamilton accused Burr of plotting treason. Burr was having setbacks in his career. Burr blamed Hamilton for this so he challenged Hamilton to a duel. Hamilton did not like duels so he vowed to not shoot Burr, but Burr did not make a promise so he shot Hamilton. Hamilton was badly injured and died soon after.
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