Jefferson saw the West as the means to preserve the values of an agrarian republic.
Crowed cities would send rural residents migrating west in search of cheap land.
Land would transform the United States into an empire of liberty.
Jeffersonian perspective, western expansion was a blessing economically, socially, andpolitically.
France tried to block western expansion
Jefferson purchased Louisiana Territory from France
oubled the size of the United States overnight.
Secure control of the Mississippi River
Western commerce could flow down the Mississippi
Jefferson authorized the Lewis and Clark expedition
They were to explore the new territories that lay west of the Mississippi River.
Lewis and Clark were sent to explore the Missouri river over to the Pacific
Lewis and Clark-
navigated countless rapids
conducted negotiations with numerous tribes
collected thousands of plant and animal specimens
discovered several passes through the Rockies
produced an accurate map
their most valuable contribution to western exploration
Sacajawea, an Indian woman, served as their guide and translator.
American settlers went westward
East coast to the Midwest, Southwest, and Texas
Sought out economic opportunity in the form of land to own and farm.
e railroads and canals
the growth of an industrial economy and supported the westward movement of settlers.