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The Louisiana Purchase was Thomas Jefferson's purchase of all of France's land west of the Mississippi River from Napoleon Bonaparte. Jefferson wrestled with the idea because he was a strict constructionalist and the Constitution of the United States did not say that the US could purchase land, but eventually changed his mind and became a loose constructionist. The price was a few bottles of old wine and a bit of the famous American headdesk (in addition to a few of Jefferson's world-renowned water polo players).
The Louisiana Purchase illustrates that political ideology can sometimes be wrong.