Washington's Presidency Timeline


The French Revolution

1789 - 1793

Tensions built between France and Britain after the French rebelled against their king. The people of Paris captured the Bastille, which was a hated fortress and prison. It was a symbol of royal power.

Northwest Territory Conflict & Treaty of Greenville

1790 - 1795

Given command of the army in the west in 1792, Anthony Wayne's task was to defeat the Indians who attacked the Americans two years back. After the long journey, the soldiers were suffering from illnesses and set up Fort Greenville to help protect them while they recovered. in the 1794 summer, Indians led by Little Turtle attacked the Fort and in response, Wayne and his army burned the Indian's crops and attacked towns. A little bit later, the Battle of Fallen Timbers was where the Native Americans were truly defeated, creating the Treaty of Greenville. This treaty gave Native Americans $20,000 worth of goods and let the U.S claim a lot of the Indian's land.
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Whiskey Rebellion

1791 - 1794

Alexander Hamilton, wanting to raise money to pay for Federal Debt, put a tax on American-made whiskey. The tax was passed by Congress, and this tested the power of the Federal Government's control over state actions. Not everyone was happy with this and arguments, complaints, and even fighting were expressed. Fearing the people questioning the Government's authority, he enforced military action against the rebellion, and by this time, the Whiskey Rebellion ended peacefully.

Neutrality Proclamation


This states that the U.S wouldn't side with any European countries that were at war, which Washington thought this was the safest action for whenever this happened. Not all agreed, and some people such as James Madison went beyond his power.
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The French Question


France asked American sailors to help fight England by commanding privateers, or private ships hired to attack enemies. Washington said this violated the Neutrality Proclamation, and while Thomas Jefferson agreed, he also thought they should have supported France as they had once supported them during the Revolutionary War.

Jay's Treaty


The British captured ships carrying food to the French West Indies in 1793, and to prevent another war with the British, Chief Justice John Jay was sent to London to create a compromise. Jay's treaty was signed in 1794 which settled disputes between the U.S and Britain. Debts to the British would be paid and damages to the U.S Ships would be covered. The treaty was unpopular and created protests because it was thought to have hurt trade and didn't punish Britain enough.

Pinckney's Treaty


American business had problems between the Spanish when they closed the New Orleans port, affecting trade because all goods to and from the east or overseas passed through New Orleans. Ambassador Thomas Pinckney was sent to meet with the Spanish to discuss the problem. The Spanish minister tried to delay the agreement in order to make any agreement made be in favor of the Spaniards. The Ambassador was patient, and it paid off. An agreement was finally reached in Oct. 1795 where the minister agreed to Pinckney's Treaty.
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