Why was Thomas Jefferson's authorization of the Louisiana Purchase controversial?  

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Thomas Jefferson’s authorization of the Louisiana Purchase was controversial. The decision was a hard one for Jefferson to make, even though, to many people, it seemed like the obvious decision was to buy the land that was being offered to us by France.

The Louisiana Purchase would have doubled the size of the country if we made the purchase. It would have given us control of the Mississippi River as well as the port at New Orleans. The...

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