Events During George Washington's Presidency


George Washington's Presidency

1789 - 1797

French Revolution

1789 - 1799

French Revolution: a rebellion of French people against their king in 1789. The French overthrew their king and created their own republican government. The American Revolution inspired the French to have their own revolution. Most Americans supported the French revolution.

Paris attacks Bastille

July 14, 1789

Paris attacked Bastille as a symbol of royal power. This was the first act of the French Revolution.

French behead their king and queen


The French beheaded King Louis XVI and Queen Marie- Antoinette in 1793.

Jefferson resigns from Washington's Cabinet


Jefferson didn't like the fact that America was staying neutral. His opinion was that they should support France because they had supported them in the Revolutionary War. He decided to leave the group of Washington's cabinet members.

Washington presents his opinion to Congress

April 22, 1793

George Washington told Congress that they should not side with either the British or the French. They should just stay neutral. Not everybody agreed with Washington on staying neutral.

Neutrality Proclamation: stated that the United States would not take sides with any European countries that were at war.

Whiskey Rebellion


Farmers were angry about the taxes that were put on whiskey. protester wouldn't pay taxes and some even tarred and feathered tax collectors. The farmers were known as the Sons of Liberty. Washington claimed that the constitution gave Congress permission to tax. He led 13,000 men to Pennsylvania but by then, most of the protesters had left and there was no fight.

Battle of Fallen Timbers

August 20, 1794

Anthony Wayne's forces burned Indian villages and land. This weakened the Indian forces' strength.

Jay's Treaty

November 1794

Washington wanted to keep from having another war with Britain. he sent Chief Justice John Jay to work out a compromise. Jay's Treaty was signed in 1794. Citizens, congressional leaders, and southerners disliked the treaty. They believed that it had hurt trade and that Britain wasn't punished enough.

Treaty of Greenville

August 1795

The Treaty of Greenville gave the U.S. most of the northern Indian land and promised ot protect those who lived there. In return, the native Americans got $20,000 worth of goods.

Pinckney's Treaty

October 1795

In 1784, Spain hurt the American economy by closing the port of New Orleans to U.S. trade. Washington sent Ambassador Thomas Pinckney to talk to the Spaniards about reopening the port. The Spaniards wanted to see if they could wait until a treaty that favored Spain was signed. In 1795, Pinckney's Treaty was signed and the Spanish reopened that port