What were the accomplishments of President Jefferson’s administration that distinguished it from the previous two administrations?

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One great achievement of the Jefferson administration was his military mission against the Barbary Pirates in Tripoli. The last two administrations paid tribute to the pirates in order to peacefully trade in the Mediterranean. Jefferson, in a cost-cutting measure, sent the Marines to defeat the pirate states. This was the...

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One great achievement of the Jefferson administration was his military mission against the Barbary Pirates in Tripoli. The last two administrations paid tribute to the pirates in order to peacefully trade in the Mediterranean. Jefferson, in a cost-cutting measure, sent the Marines to defeat the pirate states. This was the first United States action in the Middle East.

Jefferson also secured the port of New Orleans by buying the port as well as all of French Louisiana. While it is doubtful that Napoleon would have sold the territory if the slaves in Haiti had not revolted and declared their independence, Jefferson was able to take advantage of a key moment in world history in order to more than double the size of the United States. He did this without congressional approval, but it was too good of an opportunity to miss. Jefferson also sent explorers to the Pacific, thus mapping one of the first American overland routes across the continent.

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