The French Revolution had to do with the people of France rebelling against their rulers because of the mistreatment they were receiving from them(The rulers). The Americans were deciding whether to help the French citizens but were shocked when they beheaded King Louis XVI, then later Queen Marie-Antoinette.
Americans continued to settle on the new country, no matter how hard the Native Americans protested that they not. At one point, the leader of a Native American alliance, Little Turtle, defeated American forces under General Josiah Harmar using guns sold to them by the British. Later on, they defeated General Arthur St. Clair’s troops as well.
At the time, regular money was hard to get. So instead, farmers used whiskey made from their corn as a way of payment. It was easier to transport then corn and more common. When this tax was passed to raise money to pay for the federal debt, Americans from the West became angry because they believed that the government didn’t protect them from Native American attacks and didn’t give the settlers an opportunity to trade.
April 22, 1793
The Neutrality Proclamation was announced by George Washington. He stated that America would not side with any European country at war with one another. Not everyone agreed to this and many questioned Washington’s authority about not discussing it with Congress.
After very many disputes about aiding the French or British, Jefferson finally resigned from his place as secretary of state. He thought that America should help the French while Hamilton thought that America should help the British. He felt that Alex Hamilton was interfering too much with Jefferson’s role.
Little Turtle and several other Native Americans attacked the American troop’s supply train. General Anthony Wayne responded to this by attacking Native American towns and burning their crops. This battle was called the Battle of Fallen Timbers. After Britain refused to help the Native Americans any longer and realizing they were at a disadvantage, Little Turtle tried to make peace with the Americans.
Though America was trying to avoid trouble with Britain, President Washington felt he had no choice but to send Chief Justice John Jay to London after the British seized there ships of supplies to the French West Indies. Jay created a compromise called Jay’s Treaty, which settled the disputes between America and Britain in the early 1790’s. Some people were not happy about this because although this required the British to pay for the damages of the ships, they felt that Britain needed to pay more. This didn’t happen because Washington believed that this was the most they could do without causing trouble.
The western Pennsylvanians protested peacefully against the Whiskey tax for a while, but then started they started to get violent. Fights broke out. Many people were tarring and feathering tax collectors, and people started to call themselves the new Sons of Liberty. It came to a point where George Washington set up an army of 13,000 men and was prepared to go to battle with the protesters, but most of them fled and there was no battle. The Whiskey Rebellion had now come to an end.
The native American leaders signed the treaty stating that the United States got to claim most of the Native American’s land and the safety of their citizens. In return, however, the Native Americans got $20,000 worth of goods and the credit for giving the land to the U.S.
After the problem with Jay’s Treaty was solved, American businesses had problems of there own as well. The Spanish closed the port of New Orleans to U.S. trade in 1784. This affected American businesses because all of the trades going to the East or overseas had to pass New Orleans. The only way for them to pass, however, was to pay the cargo fees. Washington sent Ambassador Thomas Pinckney to meet with the Spanish officials to discuss the problem. Pinckney wanted to allow American trade ships to pass without paying the fee, and after many delays, the treaty was finally passed and the southern U.S. border was recognized as 31N latitude. Many people found this a successful compromise.