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French control. NO using river
For two years, the Spanish allowed the American goods to move freely in their territory, and sail on the lower Mississippi River to trade in New Orleans. Suddenly the Spanish change the policy, not allowing American goods to travel.
Soon later, President Jefferson had found out France and Spain had secretly made an agreement to sell the Louisiana territory to France.
Spain and France had threatened the United States. Therefore, the French wanted control in the United States. French control would put the American trade along the Mississippi River at a risk.
After losing a war they were recently in, Spain had offered the Louisiana territory over to the United States for money, to pay for the cost of the war.
Once the United States gained the Louisiana territory, which Spain had to give up, they began to wonder what was west. So then began the Lewis and Clark expedition, which was to map out the west of the United States.
After Lewis and Clark had return from their harsh expedition in the wilderness, people started to think. The people wanted to move west, and they did so.
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