Please explain the circumstances surrounding the Louisiana Purchase. What events occurred that led to the Louisiana Purchase?

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The Mississippi River can be considered one of the key highways tying the United States together during the time of the Early Republic. For many farmers residing west of the Appalachian Mountains, the river represented the optimal path for transporting their goods east and maintained a line of communications with the other half of the country. However, with that being said, control of the port city of New Orleans ultimately dictated control of the Mississippi River.

However, in answering this question, it would also be useful to discuss the French half of this equation and to be aware of the turmoil surrounding the French Revolution, which saw the rise of Napoleon (and the expansion of French power on the continent). In addition,...

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Jefferson was interested in buying the Louisiana Purchase because he wanted to make the United States bigger, well-fit, and stronger. He also was interested in the buying the land because he was fearful that foreign countries would control the New Orleands port.