In 1791, Congress passed a tax on whiskey. Hamilton was saying how it would help pay off their debts. They could not afford these new taxes. Since whiskey was considered valuable like money, people in the west considered it unfair and that it was aimed at them than anyone else. In the beginning, the complaints were peacefully and respectful, but when they didn't get what they wanted, fights began to break out. When the rebels got more violent, Washington sent more than 10,000 men to go take care of them. But by then, the rebels have fled the town.