2.9 Ponder Historical Negotiation

Name: Victor Monteiro Instructor: Brent Andrus Date: September 21, 2023 Course: BUS 410 Negotiation Before Fighting Throughout history, fights and disagreements have been common, from small local battles to big worldwide wars. While the result of war is usually damage and sadness, talks and negotiations can lead to peace and working together. Think about this: What if history started with discussing things before fighting? This might have saved many lives and a lot of resources. The Louisiana Purchase In 1803, the young United States made a big land deal that doubled its size. This deal, known as the Louisiana Purchase, had the U.S. buying about 828,000 square miles from France for $15 million. President Thomas Jefferson oversaw this, and James Monroe and Robert R. Livingston did the talking for the U.S. This land deal was significant for many reasons. First, the land was extensive and would become part of 15 U.S. states, giving the country more room to grow. Also, it included control of the Mississippi River, which was very important for trade and moving goods. Money-wise, France, led by Napoleon Bonaparte, wanted to grow in Europe. The money from this sale helped them do that. Also, by buying the land, the U.S. avoided possible fights with France or Spain, who owned the land before. The deal was also reasonable, with the land costing less than three cents an acre, showing smart spending by the U.S.
Many people see the Louisiana Purchase as a great land deal. Looking at it from the U.S. point of view, it seems almost perfect. But if we look closer, there were some things missed. The land was originally home to many Native American groups. Their rights and history were not considered when making the deal. If things were done better, these groups would have had a say. Sadly, later deals with these groups often ended with them losing their homes. Also, the first agreement needed to be clarified about where the land borders were, which caused problems later on. Clearer borders from the start would have helped. The narrative of the Louisiana Purchase underscores the remarkable potential of negotiation. Eschewing the specter of conflict, the U.S. realized its aspirations through constructive dialogue. This episode exemplifies the triumphs of peaceful negotiation and serves as a clarion call for acknowledging the rights of all stakeholders, notably indigenous entities. Embracing the "commencing with negotiation" philosophy sculpts a future where collaborative efforts exceed strife and conflict.
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