Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

On 30 November 1803, Spain transferred control of the Louisiana territory to France, which just three weeks later, sold it to the United States for the meagre sum of $15,000,000 USD in what became the largest territorial gain in US history. Although Thomas Jefferson, the US President, believed otherwise, many of his contemporaries considered the purchase unconstitutional.

Thomas Jefferson is a polarising figure in US history and this video analyses his actions during his term in office. Many of Jefferson’s critics point to the fact that he owned slaves and was contradictory and hypocritical in the policies he introduced regarding farming, industry, and foreign policy.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.