Elbow Room

Elbow Room from SchoolHouse Rock.  One of the interesting What Ifs of American History is if there had been no Louisiana Purchase.  The Purchase took place during the one year peace of Amiens between Great Britain and Napoleonic France.  If the purchase hadn’t taken place, I could easily imagine the Brits having taken New Orleans from France.  In that case, perhaps a battle of New Orleans would have been fought during the War of 1812 in which Andrew Jackson was attempting to seize the city from the British. Napoleon agreed to the Purchase in part because he viewed America as a rival of Great Britain.  At the conclusion of the Purchase he said, “This accession of territory affirms forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival who sooner or later will humble her pride.”[

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