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French Revolution

January 1789 - December 1789

The French Revolution was when the people of France rebelled against the King. They were inspired to do so by the American Revolution. The revolution ended with a victory for the French people, and the public beheading of the King and Queen.

Whiskey Rebellion

1791 - 1794

Congress passed a tax on American-made Whiskey in March 1791 to pay off the federal debt. Everyone did not support the tax, because some felt the federal government had no right to tax what they “created themselves.” Soon, fights over the tax had broken out in areas of Western Pennsylvania, and people were refusing to pay the Whiskey tax elsewhere. Washington, who felt Congress had a right to enforce the tax, personally led the military to Western Pennsylvania and halted the rebellion without a battle.

Neutrality Proclamation

April 22, 1793 - April 23, 1793

George Washington’s proclamation declared that the United States would not take sides during a war between France and England. Washington passed it without the approval of Congress.

Jay’s Treaty

November 19, 1794 - November 20, 1794

Jay’s Treaty fixed problems between the United States and Britain that could have led to war. The British were to pay damages done to American ships and the British were to abandon their forts on the northwestern territory. The treaty was unpopular in the United States, because citizens felt it did not punish the British enough.

Treaty of Greenville

August 3, 1795 - August 4, 1795

The Native Americans waged war against the United States in the Northwest Territory, due to U.S. expansion. The British supplied the Native Americans with weapons, giving them an advantage at first, but the U.S. came out victorious after five years of fighting. The Treaty of Greenville gave the United States claim to the Native American land in the Northwest Territory (roughly Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.)

Pinckney’s Treaty

October 27, 1795 - October 28, 1795

In 1784, Spain was in control of the port of New Orleans and closed it to the United States for trade. The United States was now unable to transport goods from the Mississippi to places east or over seas, because they had to pass through the port of New Orleans. This damaged the American economy. Pinckney’s treaty reopened the port, and resolved border disputes; Washington saw it as a success.