Thomas Jefferson Expansion

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Why is Thomas Jefferson the starting point to the American Expansion? Hi, I am Katie Frisk reporting for Channel 8 WFAA. I am here live with the famous, former third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Q: Mr. Jefferson, when and where were you born? A: I was born on a farm in Shadwell, Virginia on April 13, 1743. Q: Where did you go to college and what did you major in? A: I attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania and majored in law. Q: How many children do you have? A: I had six children and only two of my daughters are currently living. Q: Mr. Jefferson please explain to our viewers, what roll you played in the American Expansion? A: Let me start by explaining that it was vital that the United States take control of the Mississippi River so that the farmers are able to ship their wheat and corn down the river to New Orleans. Ocean bound ships then carry the…show more content…
Therefore, I sent Robert Livingston and James Monroe to buy New Orleans and West Florida. The negotiations began with Talleyrand, the French foreign minister. With the expense of the wars in Europe, why not simply pull out of the New World as Mr. Bonaparte needed money fast and a lot of it? Nevertheless, with that, Talleyrand asked if the United States wanted to purchase all of Louisiana not just New Orleans. At first, Mr. Livingston was surprised, but he knew that I wanted control of the mighty Mississippi River. With that said, we, the United States, agreed to pay France $15 million for Louisiana. Over 800,000 square miles of territory officially changed hands with the stroke of a pen. The Louisiana Purchase went into effect in 1803, and the United States had doubled in size. This concludes our interview, thank you Mr. Jefferson for that informative trip back into American History. This is Katie Frisk signing off with Channel 8
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