What was the purpose of the Missouri Compromise?

1 Answer
Jul 11, 2016

To admit two states into the union, while keeping the balance between slave states and free states.


The Missouri Compromise mainly accepted Missouri's application for statehood as a slave state, and admitted Maine as a free state.

During the events leading to the Compromise, pro-slavery and anti-slavery citizens caused tension between the North and South. When Missouri wished to join the Union, the North criticized the fact that Missouri allowed slaves.

To preserve the delicate balance between slave states and free states, the Union also adopted Maine as a free state. This way, the balance is kept equal, and both Southerners and Northerners were quiet, if not satisfied or happy, about the issue on slavery involving Missouri.