Wanting to expand America’s horizons, Jefferson made sure there were several people out there doing just that. Lewis and Clark, to name the most familiar. He wanted the United States to grow, to become more than a few states. Julia M. Fenster does a great job of explaining in great detail how this was accomplished.
In Jefferson’s America, we learn that there are some sore spots between the U.S. and Spain and France. The latter two not wanting to give up what they claimed for themselves without much arguing and negotiating. They had some sneaky ones telling all sides what was going on. Can’t trust anyone.
Lewis and Clark, in addition to others such as William Dunbar, set out to explore the infant land to see what lay beyond what they already knew. And not without hardship, either. Many got sick or died due to various reasons, such as frostbite and hunger. MIssion was accomplished, though. Jefferson being the stubborn one that he was, got Lousiana and set the pace for more expanding. Gotta love a guy who wants to send explorers on a wild field trip.
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