George Washington Timeline


French Revolution

07/14/1789 - 1799

After being inspired by the American's rebellion on the British, the French decided to rebel as well. The French people overpowered the king because they wanted the same power the American's had in their country.

The Whiskey Rebellion

March 1791 - November 1794

In March 1791, Congress passed a tax on American-made whiskey. Many were upset because the tax was too high and couldn't afford it. Western Pennsylvania protested peacefully together, at first. Then protesters refused to pay taxes. When that happened, Washington got his army together and went to Pennsylvania. When the 13,000 men got there some people had fled and The Whiskey Rebellion ended without a battle.

Neutrality Proclamation


The Neutrality Proclamation was created by President George Washington. It says that Americans weren't allowed to pick sides with European countries that were at war. The United States was to lay low and stay neutral. He wanted to keep his people safe from future wars & arguments, but some members of Congress thought he was over using his power by passing the proclamation with our Congress.

The Battle of Fallen Timbers

August 20, 1794

Americans started to settle in the Northwestern territory even after Native Americans protested. In 1790, Native Americans under the command of Miami chief Little Turtle, defeated the U.S. forces under General Josiah Harmar. Then in 1791, Native Americans defeated General Arthur St. Clair’s troops. In 1792 President Washington gave command of the army in the West to General Anthony Wayne. His troop, despite being ill, built multiple forts with supplies. In the middle of 1794, Native Americans & Little Turtle attacked the supplies fort. Wayne's troop burned down Native American's crops in response. After this, the British didn't support the Native Americans, so Little Turtle needed to look for peace. On August 20, 1794, Native Americans fought against the U.S. troops in a place where a tornado had destroyed many trees- hence the name of the battle, The Battle of Fallen Timbers.

Jay's Treaty

November 1794

Because of threats to U.S. neutrality, the British had stopped ships carrying foods from going to America. Washington and the British did not want to get into another war with each other, so the two sides signed a treaty. Jay's Treaty cooled down arguments that went on between the United States and Britain. Britain paid for the Americans seized cargo and the United States agreed to pay their debts to Britain. Some thought the treaty wasn't well constructed enough to fulfill their wants and that it didn't punish the British enough for its actions. Washington thought that was the best they could have been done.

Treaty of Greenville

August 1795

When the Native Americans signed this treaty, Americans go to claim most of the Native American and in return the Native Americans got $20,000 worth of goods & got credit for giving the land.

Pinckney's Treaty

October 1795

Little things such as closing the Spanish closing the port from the New Orleans to the U.S. hurt the American economy. All goods that moved down the Mississippi to places in the East or overseas and had to pass through New Orleans. Washington asked Ambassador Thomas Pinckney to talk to the Spanish about possibly reopening the port. Spanish minister wanted there to be a benefit for the Spaniards too because he thought the British and the U.S. might turn against Spain. After patiently waiting, the U.S. & the Spanish signed the Pinckney’s Treaty. This treaty settled the border, and trade disputes with Spain. The U.S. southern boundary as 31N latitude was the border.