Editor says, what if the Louisiana Purchase had created two Confederacies instead of one Union? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
"Whether, however, the good sense of Bonaparte might not see the course predicted to be necessary & unavoidable, even before a war should be imminent, was a chance which we thought it our duty to try; but the immediate prospect of rupture brought the case to immediate decision. The denoument has been happy; and I confess I look to this duplication of area for the extending a government so free and economical as ours, as a great achievement to the mass of happiness which is to ensue.
Whether we remain in one confederacy, or form into Atlantic and Mississippi confederacies, I believe not very important to the happiness of either part. Those of the western confederacy will be as much our children & descendants as those of the eastern, and I feel myself as much identified with that country, in future time, as with this; and did I now foresee a separation at some future day, yet I should feel the duty & the desire to promote the western interests as zealously as the eastern, doing all the good for both portions of our future family which should fall within my power". ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1803
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Editor says, in reality and despite his own principled misgivings Jefferson as President created a virtual colony of Louisiana granting himself Executive Powers. In private, he was sympathetic to the viewpoint of Fisher Ames and the New England Federalists, it was a case of "Sub silentio" (a secret silence). Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.