What were the consequences of the Louisiana Purchase?

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yamaguchityler | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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The consequences of the Louisiana Purchase mainly focused on the building tension between the South and North of the United States. At the time, slavery was a very concerning issue. The North wanted to abolish slavery forever simply because of how awful it is to own another human being and force them to work without pay. The South however, was quite the opposite. They found slavery work to not only be alright and a part of the Southern lifestyle, but they found it to be what helped fuel some of their industries. 

After the Louisiana Purchase, tension between the North and South only increased. Now that the United States was a much larger nation, there had to be agreement of whether or not slavery would be allowed in this new land. With a country already split on the subject of slavery, how else do you think introducing a brand new piece of land would go? There was an increased conflict caused by this land, being magnified by the fight over slavery. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There were many consequences of the Louisiana Purchase.

Economically, the purchase had a major short-term impact.  It allowed American goods to once more go down the Mississippi and out to the sea via New Orleans.  In the long term, it gave the US lands that were to have tremendous agricultural and mineral importance for our economy.

Politically, the major short-term impact of the purchase was to increase nationalism.  People were proud of the fact that the US was now a much bigger nation.  In the long term, however, the purchase led to disputes over slavery.  It led to disputes about whether slavery would be allowed in the territory that the US had acquired.