The Louisiana Purchase
President: Thomas Jefferson
However, the French owned the land west of the Mississippi River and this often caused problems. At this time in France, the French had their own revolution and the King and Queen of France were no longer in power. Instead a man named Napoleon Bonaparte was ruler of France. He had forced Spain to give him this territory, and he did not wish to sell it. Thomas Jefferson was very concerned because Napoleon was very warlike and had already conquered most of Europe. Jefferson did not care to have an ambitious ruler such as Napoleon in control of New Orleans and the mouth of the Mississippi.