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By 1800 American independence had proven durable, but it still had to prove capable of sustaining itself and surviving in the competitive world that was evolving. In 1803 fortune smiled on the United States when President Thomas Jefferson received an amazing offer - the chance to double the size of the United States for a bargain price! The Louisiana Purchase offered the United States security and room to expand. It also fostered a heroic journey that became legendary - the Lewis and Clark Expedition. At this time U.S. history continued to be shaped as Britain and France struggled for world power. Following a two-year war with Britain, America emerged with a sense of pride by holding its own against a world superpower. Alexander Hamilton knew if the United States wanted to compete with Europe economically, it would have to join the Industrial Revolution. As a result, government policies favored industrial growth.