In 1793 - In1793,France,undertheleadershipof

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In 1793, France, under the leadership of  Napoleon , declared war on Spain, Great  Britain, and Holland. The United States lacked the resources and desire to enter the  Napoleonic Wars , and even Jefferson agreed with Hamilton and Washington that the  United States should remain neutral. Whereas Hamilton, however, believed that  Washington should publicly declare that the United States would remain out of the war,  Jefferson believed that Congress should declare neutrality. Jefferson reasoned that  because only Congress could declare war, it should also be the only body that could  declare neutrality. In the end, Hamilton won out, and convinced Washington to issue the  famous Neutrality Proclamation in 1793. U.S. neutrality was compromised, however, when Citizen Genet, the French  ambassador to the United States, began to recruit Americans to fight for the French. 
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