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X. Washington’s Neutrality Proclamation a. Franco-American Alliance of 1778 i. This was to last forever ii. It bound the U.S. to help the French defend the West Indies against British fleets, who were certain to attack b. Democratic-Republican Opinion On the Alliance With France i. Favored honoring the alliance ii. Eager to enter the conflict against Britain, the recent foe iii. America owed France its freedom and now was the time to pay the debt of gratitude c. Federalists Opinion On the Alliance With France i. Washington and Hamilton believed that war had to be avoided at all costs ii. Washington reasoned that if America could avoid the broils of Europe for a generation or so, it would then be populous enough and powerful enough to assert its maritime rights with strength and success iii. The strategy of delay – playing for time while the birthrate caused the population to rise – was a cardinal policy of the Founding Fathers. Hamilton and Jefferson were both in agreement on this issue d. Neutrality Proclamation of 1793 i. Officially proclaimed America’s neutrality ii. It also warned American citizens to be impartial toward both armed camps iii. Results of the treaty: 1. Was a major prop for the spreading isolationist tradition 2. The pro-French Jeffersonians were enraged by it, especially because Washington announced it unilaterally, without consulting Congress 3. The pro-British Federalists were pleased with it e. Citizen Edmond Genet i. A representative of the French Republic who landed at Charleston, SC ii. He tried to fit out privateers and otherwise take advantage of the existing Franco-American alliance iii. He came to believe that the Neutrality Proclamation did not reflect the true wishes of the American people, and he embarked upon activity that was not authorized by the French alliance: 1. Recruitment of armies to invade: a. Spanish Florida b. Louisiana c. British Canada
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iv. The president demanded Genet’s withdrawal and the Frenchman was replaced f. American Neutrality Prevails i. In 1778, both France and America stood to gain ii. In 1793, only France stood to gain iii. This proves that self-interest is the basic cement of alliances iv. France never officially called on America to honor the alliance v. American neutrality favored France: 1. The French West Indies needed Yankee foodstuffs 2. If the Americans had entered the war at France’s side, the British fleets would have blockaded the American coast and cut off those
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