Problems with France

Problems with France - sides in a European war. He issued a...

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Problems with France.  The French Revolution had initially been greeted with enthusiasm by the United States,  but by 1793 many Americans were upset by the direction the revolution had taken. The  French not only executed their king and queen but also declared war against Great  Britain and Spain. Southerners became alarmed when the French Caribbean colony of  Saint Domingue broke out in revolt, the slaves aided by the British. Northern merchants  feared for their prosperity because it rested on good relations with Great Britain, where  the United States sent most of its exports.  While the alliance between France and the United States (created in 1778) remained in  effect, Washington knew his country was not prepared, militarily or politically, to take 
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Unformatted text preview: sides in a European war. He issued a proclamation of neutrality on April 22, 1793. At that time, the French government had sent Edmond Genet as minister to the United States. Citizen Genet, as he was known, behaved in a decidedly undiplomatic manner. Landing in Charleston, he began recruiting volunteers to fight for France against Britain and Spain. He appointed Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark a general, and Clark advertised for troops and support for a campaign against the Spanish at New Orleans. The effort failed for lack of money, but Genet was successful in recruiting privateers. Nearly a thousand men responded, and American ships flying the French flag captured more than eighty British ships....
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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