4. 4 Foreign affairs
Since the U.S. was still a young nation, trying
to build itself internally, she did not wish to engage in military
conflicts outside. But with the Revolution in France and the outbreak
of war between Britain and France, there was a threat of attack
from Britain. This was because, by the Treaty of 1778, the U.S.
had promised to protect all French possessions in West Indies. After
several debates in the Congress, the President gave a declaration.
This declaration or the Presidentís proclamation stated that the
U.S. would remain impartial or aloof in the war. But this was not
very easy for the U.S. For France expected help from her during
the war. In fact the French minister, citizen Edmond Charles Genet
even landed in America, where he insisted upon using it as a center
to attack British and Spanish colonies. Amidst great uproar, the
President turned down Genetís demands presumptuous.
George Washington spent two terms as the executive
head of the U.S. Before he retired from politics, the country signed
a treaty with Spain in 1795. By this treaty, Spain agreed to grant
Americans the permission to use the Mississippi River. Also the
right of deposit for American goods in New Orleans was given to
the merchants. This treaty was widely popular and went in favor
of American trade.
Table of Contents
- Chronology of Major Events in this Period
4.1 - The Hamilton Reports
4.2 - About the Constitution
4.3 - Emergence of Political Parties
4.4 - Foreign Affairs
4.5 - The XYZ Affair
4.6 - The Louisiana Purchase
4.7 - The War of1812
4.8 - Points to Remeber