After the Revolution, The United States had a lot of probelms trading with other countires. The United States relied heavily on trade with the west indies and Britain. After signing the Treaty of Paris of 1783, England closed many of its ports with America. This left America in a sticky financial situation. Britain also forced American merchants to pay very high tarffs. Tariffs are taxes on imported or exported goods. The tariffs applied to goods such as tobacco, rice, tar, oil, and other goods.