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THESIS ESSAYThe early nineteenth century was an era of tremendous growth and change forthe new nation This is a thesis statement that will be proven true in myessay And why dont I begin with one of our greatest presidents ThomasJeffersonOn March fourth 1801 Thomas Jefferson was elected President of the UnitedStates of America Thomas Jefferson was a Republican Republicans stronglysupported farmers and they wanted an agrarian nation An agrarian nationmeans some changes had to be made in the country The country needed strongtrade with other countries and they also needed more land to farm on Thisled to the Louisiana PurchaseThe French owned a huge amount of land west of the United States Insideall of this land was the mouth of the Mississippi River New Orleans Becausethe Republicans wanted a farming nation America needed a port like New OrleansJefferson didnt think that Napoleon would sell all of this land buthe asked him anyway if he was willing to sell To his surprise Napoleon didwant to sell this land because he needed more money for his fight with GreatBritain So Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory and doubled thenations size This purchase was a mastermind move by Jefferson thatlet the farming nation trade using the whole MississippiAnother achievement of Thomas Jefferson was the exploration of the LouisianaTerritory He hired Lewis and Clark to explore the uncharted territory Hetold them to search the land for a river passage to the Pacific Ocean Jeffersonalso told them to keep diaries and make maps This was Clarks taskIn May 1804 forty-four men set out on the expedition The travelers triedto be friendly with the Indians on their way When they reached North Dakotathey hired the French trapper Toussaint Charbonneau and his wife Sacajaweato be guides and interpreters With them they traveled all the way to thePacific Coast and back Even though many people were disappointed upon theirreturn that they had not found an all water route Lewis and Clark were thefirst to
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