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What were the consequences of the Louisiana Purchase?

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The importance of the Louisiana Purchase can also be seen in the notion of Manifest Destiny. This was the idea that the United States would naturally expand, extending from coast to coast, and bringing the benefits of American liberty and opportunity to new territories. And for some, the Purchase made that (somewhat vague) idea a reality.

The consequences for the United States as a whole were deep and long-lasting. The country became much more prosperous and the dream of many to live on their own plot of land became real for the first time. In the process, society became more democratic: giving life to Jefferson's original vision of a republic deriving its strength and stability from the widespread ownership of rural land.

But there was another side to the story. The Louisiana Purchase facilitated the growing destruction of Native American culture. Native Americans were forced from their land, and their traditional hunting grounds were appropriated by the huge influx of white settlers....

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