KrissAnne Hall of Liberty First University presents the 1st annual address to Congress (1801) by 3rd President of The United States Thomas Jefferson, a representative of the States for Foreign Affairs. KrissAnne outlines the role of POTUS, and Congress.
Jefferson speaks of wars coming to end and new opportunities for foreign trade. Also, of the Native Americans or “Indian neighbors” prospering, beginning to show an increase in population. He then addresses the threats of the Barbary States and their demands. Then in relation to the latest census of an increased population advises to reduce tax apportionments.
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Jefferson was mainly of English ancestry, born and educated in colonial Virginia. He became the United States Minister to France in May 1785, and subsequently the nation’s first Secretary of State in 1790–1793 under President George Washington. While in France, Jefferson became a regular companion of the Marquis de Lafayette, a French hero of the American Revolutionary War.
As President, Jefferson pursued the nation’s shipping and trade interests against Barbary pirates and aggressive British trade policies. He also organized the Louisiana Purchase, almost doubling the country’s territory. As a result of peace negotiations with France, his administration reduced military forces.
“First Barbary War” was the first foreign war fought by the U.S. The American navy forced Tunis and Algiers into breaking their alliance with Tripoli. Jefferson ordered five separate naval bombardments of Tripoli, leading the pasha to sign a treaty that restored peace in the Mediterranean.