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Throughout history, the United States has taken foreign policy actions in order to promote the national interest. Such actions include President George Washington’s Proclamation of Neutrality in 1793 and the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The Proclamation of Neutrality was meant to give the U.S. some time to rebuild and reinforce their nation. The Louisiana Purchase was meant to give the U.S. more land and opportunities to become a more powerful nation. These foreign policies were used to change the United States into what fit the necessary means of staying as a strong independent nation.
Right after the war for their independence, the United States was not ready to take on another battle with anyone else. However, France was experiencing problems with the French Revolution and then Britain, which led to a war. Two sides were made in the U.S. and while one side supported in backing up the British, the other believed that America should honor the Treaty of 1778 made with France. The U.S. had a treaty with France for their aid against the British during the American Revolution. Though, President George Washington issued a policy of neutrality in 1793 in order to remain neutral and avoid the downfall of their own nation. Through this policy of neutrality, the new nation would not participate in any affairs with other conflicting nations. Instead, they built up their economy and became a strong nation. Washington’s efforts were successful in terms of promoting and protecting the national interest.
Not only did Washington use a foreign policy to enforce the national interest, but so did Thomas Jefferson. Spain had received the Louisiana Territory from France, but Napoleon Bonaparte convinced them to return it. As soon as President Thomas Jefferson heard the news, he became concerned about another strong nation in the U.S. He decided to negotiate with France in order to gain the Mississippi River, which was a very profitable river for trade and transportation. Luckily, France had decided to sell the territory to the United States because they couldn’t maintain it. Jefferson felt conflicted because he had a strict interpretation of the Constitution and buying the land made it uncertain on whether or not it was constitutional. On the other hand, the United States would obtain the opportunity to expand to the West, double their size, and gain control over the New Orleans ports. In the end, President Jefferson took the offer and explored the new territory for valuable information. By gaining the Louisiana Territory in 1803, Jefferson promoted the natural interest and the United States became stronger as a nation.
During the course of its history, the United States has taken foreign policy actions that have been consistent with the national interest. These foreign policy actions include President George Washington’s Proclamation of Neutrality in 1793 and the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Both promoted the national interest of the United States by building up the nation to be stronger and more stable. The result of these foreign policies were meant to create a stronger nation, which were successful since they expanded the United States while making it more powerful.