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Known as “the greatest real estate deal in history,” the purchase of about 828,000,000 square miles of territory from France almost doubled the size of the young republic. If the seller is Napoleon and the buyer is Thomas Jefferson and it takes months for the real estate agents to communicate between the two, it should be obvious that this was not an easy deal to make. Complicated by the actions of a Haitian general, a virus and an ice storm, the “Eureka” moment reportedly occurred with Napoleon in a bathtub! After all the labors of the agents, why did Jefferson waver at finalizing the deal. Was three-cents an acre too high?