United States History I.
International relations, — ; American Revolution ; American Revolutionary War ; Diplomacy in the American Revolutionary War ; and Diplomatic service of John Adams From the establishment of the United States after regional, not global, focus, but with the long-term ideal of creating an "Empire of Liberty.
The diplomats—especially FranklinAdams and Jefferson —secured recognition of American independence and large loans to the new national government. The Treaty of Paris in was highly favorable to the United States which now could expand westward to the Mississippi River.
Historian Samuel Flagg Bemis was a leading expert on diplomatic history. According to Jerold Combs: Bemis's The Diplomacy of the American Revolution, published originally inis still the standard work on the subject.
It emphasized the danger of American entanglement in European quarrels. European diplomacy in the eighteenth century was "rotten, corrupt, and perfidious," warned Bemis. America's diplomatic success had resulted from staying clear of European politics while reaping advantage from European strife.
Franklin, Jay, and Adams had done just this during the Revolution and as a consequence had won the greatest victory in the annals of American diplomacy.
Bemis conceded that the French alliance had been necessary to win the war. Yet he regretted that it had brought involvement with "the baleful realm of European diplomacy.
It was soon renamed the Department of State and changed the title of secretary for foreign affairs to Secretary of State; Thomas Jefferson returned from France to take the position. When the French Revolution led to war in between Britain America's leading trading partnerand France the old ally, with a treaty still in effectWashington and his cabinet decided on a policy of neutrality.
The Jeffersonians vehemently opposed the treaty, but Washington's support proved decisive, and the U. However the foreign policy dispute polarized parties at home, leading to the First Party System. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns.
By the French were openly seizing American ships, leading to an undeclared war known as the Quasi-War of — President John Adams tried diplomacy; it failed. Inthe French demanded American diplomats pay huge bribes in order to see the French Foreign Minister Talleyrandwhich the Americans rejected.
The Jeffersonian Republicans, suspicious of Adams, demanded the documentation, which Adams released using X, Y and Z as codes for the names of the French diplomats. The XYZ Affair ignited a wave of nationalist sentiment.
Congress approved Adams' plan to organize the navy. Adams reluctantly signed the Alien and Sedition Acts as a wartime measure.
Adams broke with the Hamiltonian wing of his Federalist Party and made peace with France in War of [ edit ] Main article: The Jeffersonians deeply distrusted the British in the first place, but the British shut down most American trade with France, and impressed into the Royal Navy about sailors on American ships who claimed American citizenship.
American honor was humiliated by the British attack on the American warship Chesapeake in The War of was marked by very bad planning and military fiascoes on both sides. It ended with the Treaty of Ghent in Militarily it was a stalemate as both sides failed in their invasion attempts, but the Royal Navy blockaded the coastline and shut down American trade except for smuggling supplies into British Canada.
However the British achieved their main goal of defeating Napoleon, while the American armies defeated the Indian alliance that the British had supported, ending the British war goal of establishing a pro-British Indian boundary nation in the Midwest.Part 2.
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