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George Washington's Presidency

1789 - 1797

French Revolution

July 14, 1789 - 1793

Started when people captured a large fortress and prison, the Bastille. Ended with the beheading of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette.

Northwest Territory Conflict

1790 - August 1795

A Native American chief Little Turtle defeated General Josiah Harmer. In 1791 he defeated another general, Arthur St. Clair. In 1792 the command of the US army went to General Anthony Wayne.

The Whiskey Rebellion

March 1791 - November 1794

Started because the government put a tax on American-made whiskey. Farmers ended up lashing out against the tax, and they tarred and feathered tax collectors. The rebellion ended without a battle after Washington led an army of 13,000 men to Pennsylvania, causing most of the rebels to flee.

Neutrality Proclamation

April 22, 1793 - December 1793

George Washington's idea to remain neutral when the French and British went to war was criticized by some members of Congress, as they thought he was overstepping his authority. Thomas Jefferson even resigned from his cabinet in 1793.

Battle of Fallen Timburs

August 20, 1794

The Native Americans were defeated by General Wayne's troops.

Jay's Treaty

November 1794

Washington sent Chief Justice John Jay to London to settle the disputes between and America and to prevent another war.

Treaty of Greenville

August 1795

Gave the US claim to most Native American lands in the Northwest Territory.

Pinckney's Treaty

October 1795

Washington had to send Ambassador Thomas Pinckney to meet with Spanish Officials to try and reopen the New Orleans port. After a long time Manuel de Godoy, minister of Spain, agreed to the treaty which settled border and trade disputes between America and Spain.