Events of Washington's Presidency


French Rebellion

1789 - 1799

The people of France rebelled against the King, inspired by the American Revolution. It ended in victory, and the King and Queen's beheading.
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Whiskey Rebellion

1791 - 1794

In order to reduce the Nation Debt, Congress passed a tax on American-made whiskey, an alcoholic drink made from corn. It was unpopular among the public, because the government had no right to tax something the people have created. Fights broke out all over the middle colonies, and Washington, who supported the tax, led a military battalion to Western Pennsylvania to halt the fighting without a battle.

Neutrality Proclamation

April 22, 1793

Washington, the leader of the United States, declared neutrality in the conflict between Britain and France. He passed it without the approval of Congress.

Jay's Treaty

November 19, 1794

A treaty to fix the problems Britain was causing to avoid war. Britain had to pay for the stolen merchant ships, and had to abandon their forts. The US citizens thought it did not punish the English enough, however.
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Treaty of Greenville

August 3, 1795

Native Americans wage war against the United States! After five years of fighting the British-supplied Native Americans, we came out on top. This treaty gave the United States Native American land in the Northwest Territory, since the war was started from US expansion.
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Pinckney's Treaty

October 27, 1795

Spain was in control of the port of New Orleans in late 1795. They closed it off to American ships, hurting the economy. Pinckney's Treaty, however, fixed this problem, reopening the port, while G-Dub saw it as an American success.
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