Chapter 4: The Reach Of Government And The Authority Of Law Spread Across The Western Country (Part 2) :: The Trans-Appalachian Frontier By Malcolm J. Rohrbough
This part begins with Louisiana and the Orleans territory
Response / Thought Quotes
- “Governor Claiborne thought the people of Louisiana wealthy and generally honest but “uninformed, indolent, luxurious—in a word, illy fitted to be useful citizens of the Republic.””
- “I fear the trial by Jury, the introduction of oral testimony, the Admission of Attorneys &c will illy comport with the former habits of the People, and that the Court, (as I have been) will be accused by the designing few, of making injurious innovations on the Spanish Law.”
- “Their choice in form and details notably restricted expressions of the popular will. If the transfer to the United States had introduced a measure of universal white male suffrage, the expressed use of this right under the new constitution would be limited.”
- Describe the beginning evolution of the general area of the Louisiana and Orleans territory prior to the Louisiana Purchase
- In what ways was Louisiana the “exception” to territorial development?
- What were the most significant aspects of the Louisiana Purchase (other than simply size)
- Who was William Charles Cole Claiborne and what was his significance to territorial development in the old Southwest
- What was the Territory of Orleans? What was the territory of Louisiana? How did they evolve prior to statehood?
- How were the District of Arkansas and the Territory of North Louisiana formed?
- How was the Territory of Arkansaw (later Arkansas Territory) established?
- What misunderstanding did American officials persist with in regards to the Louisiana Territory?
- Explain and Expand: “Remonstrance of the People of Louisiana against the Political System Adopted by Congress for Them.”
- Explain and Expand: “Governor Claiborne attempted both to carry out his instructions from Washington and, at the same time, to placate the residents of Louisiana.”
- React and Respond: “Indians were largely ignored except where they made trouble.”
- In what ways did slavery and the New Orleans slave trade impact the organization of Lousiana
- Compare and Contrast: the county and township structure and the duties apportioned to various units of government between Louisiana and the territories created under the Northwest Ordinance
- What was the “police jury”?
- Explain and Expand: “A basic concern of all parishes, all police juries, and the government of the territory itself was control of the slave population.”
- Affirm or Refute: “This twenty years of growth in the West was remarkable for national expansion through diplomacy” from a non-European perspective
- Who was William Henry Harrison and how did he impact relations between the United States and Native Americans
- Explain and Expand: the relationship between the institution of slavery and William Henry Harrison
- Explain and Expand: “The War of 1812, brought on in part by the perceived connection between Indian depredations and British advisors moving south from Canada, intersected with the attractive opportunity to seize Canada while the British were occupied in a life and death struggle against Napoleon Bonaparte in Europe.”
Articles and Resources
- Brief Biography: William Charles Cole Claiborne
- Map: Louisiana Territory (1805)
- Map: The Territory of Arkansaw (later Arkansas)
- Brief Biography: William Henry Harrison – Encyclopedia Britannica