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In 1803, President Jefferson oversaw the purchase of this land from the French for $15 million. It doesn’t sound like much for an area three times the size of France itself but given that they’d stolen it from the Native Americans in the first place, I suppose they couldn’t grumble. Once some debts had been wiped and estate agents had taken their commission, Napoleon’s France ended up pocketing a little more than $8 million. Which is about how much it cost Pepsi Cola to secure the services of Britney Spears. Times have changed.

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