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The purchasing of the Louisiana territory was not as easy of a business transaction as one might think It was a very rushed stressful process that caused President Thomas Jefferson a considerable amount of mental and emotional anguish The problem that was the Louisiana purchase can be broken into three parts Jeffersons dilemma Jeffersons decision and the consequences When the opportunity to purchase the Louisiana territory presented itself Jefferson could not pass it up However being a strict constructionist Jefferson strongly felt that any powers not specifically given to the federal government were reserved for the states Obtaining the Louisiana territory would be very beneficial to the growing United States but Jefferson opposed manipulating the constitution to allow him any power he wanted So Jefferson proposed the idea of possibly making an amendment to the constitution that made it possible for the president to purchase land for the United States The problem with this idea was time It would take over three months for the amendment to be approved by the House Senate and appropriate number of states Napoleon started to wish he had not signed the treaty and looked for any reason to break it If a decision was not made soon Jefferson would lose the opportunity all together Jefferson had to find a way to make the Louisiana purchase without the danger of it being ruled unconstitutional Jefferson finally made a decision He decided to purchase the Louisiana territory from France However he still needed two thirds of the Senate and a majority of the House to approve his treaty Jeffersons party had an overwhelming majority in both the House and the Senate so he knew his treaty would pass Jefferson specifically said that congress should just approve the treaty without talking The treaty had to be made now leaving congress no time to discuss it Not surprisingly the treaty quickly passed and the Louisiana territory belonged to the United
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