Lead: In 1803 Thomas Jefferson went into the real estate business, big time.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After a two-year lull, in 1803 Napoleon I, the French emperor, found himself at war with the rest of Europe. He wished to reduce his exposure to British naval attacks in the New World so as to concentrate his forces in the Old. In a surprise offer, the American commissioners in Paris were told the French wished to unload all their holdings in the heart of the Continent. Jefferson, with the Senate's concurrence, purchased a huge chunk of North America from Napoleon.

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