Slave revolts in Haiti Island had been erupting on an intermittent basis since 1765. To control this problem, Napoleon moved by sending an expedition of ships and troops to Haiti. When Haiti was restored back to order, this force was then supposed to travel to New Orleans and establish a naval and military garrison there. Nevertheless, Toussaint L’Ouverture, a native leader delivered effective leadership to the Haitian slaves as well as crippling resistance to the French such that Napoleon’s military and naval forces became depleted to the point of inefficiency. Napoleon’s chance of establishing a base in the Western region for his empire was lost. He was now left with the option of selling Louisiana before the British seized it. In April 1803, Napoleon was eager to sell, as Monroe and Livingstone were ready and willing to buy (Ellis 49). Furthermore, he was in need of financial aid.
In the beginning when Louisiana was first acquired by Napoleon and France, America became scared hence foreshadowing a future filled with bloodshed and battles. Since its armies lacked the capacity to over Napoleon and his troops, the United States was in need of finding allies. However, this solution was not suitable since majority of Americans stood for the anti-alliance policy. Owing to a variety of circumstances, Napoleon opted to hand over possession of all trans-Mississippi territory to the Americans, hence allowing Thomas Jefferson to buy it (Binder 38). The senators were in a jubilant mood over the purchase since they were in need of land as well as in support of the idea to move west. The people were seemingly holding a similar view on the matter and the curiosity by Jefferson succeeded him as he decided to send Clark and Lewis into the west on a discovery journey. After purchasing the territory, America felt more secure and accepted the idea of enlarging their territory (Foner 37).
Apparently, Jefferson did not feel bothered by his decision to order an expedition by Lewis and Clark to travel beyond America’s western border across the Rockies. Primarily, Captain Robert had previously sailed through the mouth of river Columbia. In fact, river Columbia got its name from the captain’s ship in 1792. The expedition by Clark and Lewis came down the Pacific from the Columbia in 1805. Six years later, John Jacob’s permanent settlement at Astoria served as a post of trading fur near the river’s mouth. These facts had a part to play in directing America towards its destined future.
Even though the Jefferson and the government as well as the American citizens became excited about moving on, it was until Clark and Lewis returned from their journey that America seriously considered the possibility of enlarging its territory (Ellis 78). However, prior to that, similar to Jefferson, the people did not have a clue as to what was beyond their borders then, they were curious. There was a need to make cautious steps before taking a huge leap into the future. Hence, America had an understanding of itself and had a glimpse of its future. Winning everything was possible for them. Additionally, it was imminent that people such as Burr had to be there, but there is the notion that this group was a minority. Hence, it would be correct to say that most people were elated by America’s progress.
Binder, Frederick M, and David M. Reimers. The Way We Lived: Volume 1. Belmont, Calif: Wadsworth, 2012. Print.
Ellis, Joseph J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. Print.
Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty!: An American History. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006. Print.