Ne Plus Ultra

I would have liked to have had Canada. Twice, we invaded Canada during my lifetime, and failed on both occasions.
— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson

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…I would immediately erect a column on the Southernmost limit of Cuba & inscribe on it a Ne plus ultra as to us in that direction. we should then have only to include the North in our confederacy, which would be of course in the first war, and we should have such an empire for liberty as she has never surveyed since the creation: & I am persuaded no constitution was ever before so well calculated as ours for extensive empire & self government.

Founders Online: Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 27 April 1809

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