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Louisiana Purchase


  1. not accidental
  2. Jefferson's "empire of Liberty"
  3. divided Republican party


Growing empire

Rufus King discovers opportunity

Jefferson initiates diplomacy

Right of Deposit crisis

Napoleon's problems

Napoleon makes offer to sell

Unresolved issues


--Spain refused to include Floridas in transfer - Jefferson encouraged settlers to rebel and would then persuade Spain to sell it to avoid war. - "if we push them strongly with one hand, holding out a price in the other, we shall certainly obtain the Floridas and all in good time."

Republican disunity


  • Jefferson & Louisiana Purchase pictures
  • Fort Clatsop National Memorial
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