By Julie M. Fenster
At the sunrise of the 19th century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the USA all jockeyed for keep watch over of the massive expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American enlargement have been incalculably excessive. Even after the yankee buy of the Louisiana Territory, Spain nonetheless coveted that land and was once ready to hire any capacity to continue it. With conflict anticipated at any second, Jefferson performed a online game of technique, placing at the floor the single american citizens he may: a cadre of explorers who ultimately annexed it via brave research.
Responsible for orchestrating the yankee push into the continent was once President Thomas Jefferson. He so much famously recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific, yet whilst there have been different groups who did an analogous paintings, in areas the place it used to be much more the most important. William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis, and the dauntless Zebulon Pike—all have been dispatched on pressing missions to map the frontier and sustain a gentle correspondence with Washington approximately their findings.
But they weren’t constantly well-matched—with one another and definitely now not with a Spanish military of one thousand infantrymen or extra. those tensions threatened to undermine Jefferson’s targets for the nascent kingdom, leaving the U.S. at risk of wasting its foothold within the West. Deeply researched and inspiringly advised, Jefferson’s America rediscovers the strong and infrequently harrowing motion from those seminal expeditions and illuminates the president’s imaginative and prescient for a continental America.
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