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Pres. Thomas Jefferson sent Robert Livingston and James Monroe to France to negotiate a guarantee of free navigation on the Mississippi River. Imagine their joy when the French government offered to sell them the whole territory!
(19 Aug 2008)
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Photos - Fine Arts Commission, Series G
Source: The National Archives
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Traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.