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James Monroe
James Monroe Announces Acceptance of the Ambassadorship to London
19/06/1803. James Monroe ""I have received instructions from our government to repair to England to take the place of Mr. King, which I shall immediately comply with, lest by the want of a representation there our commerce might suffer in consequence of the war between G.B. [Great Britain] and France.""Spain had been in control of Louisiana since the 1760s, when it took over from France.  But in early 1802 came reports that Spain would retrocede to that country the entire vast territory.  This substituted a strong power France for a weak power Spain on the doorstep of the United States, and made commercial expansion on the Mississippi and at New Orleans a more complicated venture.  By the fall of 1802 it was clear in the U.S. that the Louisiana territory would indeed return to French rule, and in October Spain's King Charles IV signed a decree transferring the territory to France. President Jefferson responded by dispatching Robert Livingston to Paris as U.S. ambassador with instructions to try to purchase the crucial port city of New Orleans.  Meanwhile, a serious uprising in France’s most important colony in the Caribbean - Haiti - was taking place, as Toussaint Louverture captured Santo Domingo from the French and took control of the entire island of Hispaniola. His difficulties there caused Napoleon to consider that an adventure in the Americas was no longer desirable.When he got to Paris, Livingston told French officials that he was authorized to offer $10 million for the city of New Orleans. Momentously, and with no instructions, he also suggested that the Unit … [Click Below for Full Description]
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