The Domestic and Foreign Policies of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, an author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the Founding Fathers. Among the more notable events that took place during his presidency was the purchase of Louisiana, which was done because Jefferson felt uneasy about France and Spain having the luxury of being able to restrict American merchant’s access to the New Orleans port.

Another significant event was the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which became the first American overland expedition from the Pacific Coast all the way back. It has been noted time and again that one of the reasons why Thomas Jefferson’s presidency is so well remembered is because of his contributions to the transfer of national authority from one rival political group to another. In line with this, Jefferson also declared the Judiciary a mere branch of the opposing party, thus leading to the repeal of the Judiciary Act of 1801.

With regard to his other famous endeavor, the purchase of Louisiana, several factors prompted such an event to occur. Beginning back when he was Secretary of State, Jefferson felt the impossibility of maintaining the blockades of the nations involves, especially Spain. Seeking to safeguard human life and finally end the threatening of his country’s economy, he ordered an economical embargo, adopted in December 1807 and later approved by the concurrent agreement of the legislative bodies.

All in all, the United States of America has emerged a stronger and better nation because of the acts of courage and wisdom that Thomas Jefferson did during his term as President. His domestic and foreign policies not only safeguarded American rights and freedoms, but also helped create a stabilized financial environment after the American war of 1812 between the United States of America and Great Britain. It can truly be said that his contributions will never be forgotten for the importance and significance of what they represent.