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When the French offered up the Louisiana Territory, Thomas Jefferson knew this real estate deal was too good to pass up. How did the President justify the purchase that doubled the size of the United States? Judy Walton provides President Jefferson’s reasoning.

Lesson by Judy Walton, animation by Sumit Seru, Rohit Tandon and Kevin Jaako.