On July 14, 1789 citizens of Paris captured the Bastille and that was one of their first acts. The French rebelled against their king and queen and created a republican Gov. This caused a problem with Americans, some supported them while others worried. The French surprised everyone when they beheaded they king and queen.
In 1790, Little Turtle defeated US forces. Later in 1791, Native Americans defeated General Arthur St. Clair’s troops.
Congress passed a tax on American whiskey. It was a plan of Hamilton to raise money to help pay the federal debt. In 1792, President Washington issued proclamation stating that people especially farmers had to obey the law. The cause was the angry protests; they were mostly farmers arguing that the tax was aimed for them. Farmers were having trouble affording tax. They came to the belief that they should be able to keep they created.
Washington gave command of the army to General Anthony Wayne to fight against the Indians. Little Turtle attacked near the fort and Wayne’s men responded by burning Native American towns and crops. Wayne’s army proved greater than them.
People were angered at George Washington for not supporting either side. On April 22, 1793, He was not biased and wanted to be reasonable. Not everybody liked The Neutrality Proclamation Including James Madison, he questioned Washington’s right to make this proclamation without the approval of Congress.
Farmers settled down for a while, but by 1794 they broke out and lashed out against tax on whiskey, which was known as Whiskey Rebellion. The violence grew and Washington feared that this was a threat to the Government. So, he led an army in military against the rebellion. However, the rebels had fled and ended without a battle.
George Washington wanted to prevent another war with the British. So, he sent Chief Justice John to London to work out a compromise. The British knew the US was weakened, but they also did not want another war. In 1794 the two sides signed Jay’s Treaty. Many disliked this because they thought it hurt trade and did not punish the British for their actions and made violent protests.
Native American leaders gave the US claim to most of Indian lands by signing the Treaty of Greenville. In return, They were promised safety for citizens there and $20,00 worth of goods and acknowledgment.
Businesses faced problems. Washington asked Ambassador Thomas Pinckney’s to meet up with Spanish officials and so he did. He then asked to reopen New Orleans to US trade. Manuel de Godoy, Spanish minister, worried that the US and Britain would join against Spain. So he avoided an agreement because he was waiting for Pinckney to become desperate, but fortunately his patience was worth it because in October 1795, Godoy agreed to Pinckney’s Treaty. Spain reopened New Orleans and Washington believed that This Treaty was very successful.