Tag: Securing the Republic

Louisiana Purchase Treaty

First map illustrating the Louisiana Territory, 1804

The Louisiana Purchase Treaty Paris, France 30 April 1803 The Louisiana Purchase has been described as the greatest real estate deal in history. In 1803 the United States paid France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory—some 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The lands acquired stretched from the Mississippi River to

Thomas Jefferson: Instructions for Meriwether Lewis

Thomas Jefferson

Even before consummating the Louisiana Purchase with France, President Jefferson laid plans to explore the region. In June 1803, he sent a letter to his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis, who had recruited to lead the mission. The message lists many objectives for the expedition, but stresses economic, geopolitical, and scientific matters. Note in particular that the President

George Washington: Farewell Address

George Washington Signature

In early 1796, President George Washington decided not to seek election to a third term as United States president. Later that year, his 32-page farewell address appeared in Philadelphia’s American Daily Advertiser. The outgoing president Washington urged Americans to avoid excessive political party spirit, geographical distinctions, and entanglements with foreign nations—issues that resonate today. President George Washington: Farewell

Abigail Adams: Letter to Her Daughter from the New White House

White House, 1790s

Abigail Adams wrote this letter to her daughter, Abigail Smith, in November 1800, shortly after moving into their new home, the “President’s House.” The correspondence provides a fascinating glimpse of rustic life in the executive mansion and America’s new capital city, Washington D.C. Abigail Adams: Letter to Her Daughter from the New White House by Abigail