of Thomas Jefferson's Administration
During Jefferson's two terms as President,
the United States doubled in area with the purchase of
the vast Louisiana Territory, America preserved its
hard-won neutrality while Napoleon's armies battled most
of Europe, and Congress passed a law banning the slave
Jefferson: A Chronology of His Life and Career
Thomas Jefferson's interests and talents
covered an amazing range. He was one of the foremost
architects of his time, a scientific farmer, an inventor,
and a budding scientist. He was also twice Governor of
Virginia, author of the Declaration of Independence,
Secretary of State, Vice-President, President.
The Louisiana Purchase
was the most important event of Jefferson's
administration. In this transaction, the United States
bought 827,987 square miles of land from France for about
$15 million. Eventually all or parts of 15 states were
formed out of the region.
supposedly conspired with Aaron Burr and others to seize
territories in the Southwest and Mexico and to establish
an independent nation.
led a military expedition through North Africa during the
Tripolitan War that had as its objective the placement of
a U.S.-friendly pasha on the throne of Tripoli. Although
the general expedition itself was successful, the war
ended before the final objective could be met.
commanded a squadron in the Mediterranean Sea during the