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George Washington's Presidency

  • Virginia votes for Constitution

    Virginia votes for Constitution
    Washington gets Virginia to vote after promising the Bill of Rights
  • Oath of Office

    Oath of Office
    Washington is sworn into office
  • French Revolution

    French Revolution
    The French Revolution overthrew the old system of monarchies in France, and established a new government. The years of the French Revolution coincided with Washington's terms of presidency.
  • Citizen Genet Affair

    Citizen Genet Affair
    Citizen Genet was the French minister in America, and broke all diplomacy rules by appealing to the American citizens for support. Jeffereson and Washington agreed that he needed to be removed. He was recalled by the French government but applied for citizenship and married an American woman.
  • Proclamation of Neutrality

    Proclamation of Neutrality
    Washington believed that the America was still too young of a country to handle a war between Europe's superpowers.
    Public's Reaction: supported French independence but horrified by systematic violence.
    Problem: US-French alliance was with the French monarchy not the republic
    Jefferson and supporters said that because Great Britian was seizing American ships bound for French ports, US should join France against Great Britian. Jefferson resigned from Cabinet.
  • Battle of Fallen Timbers

    Battle of Fallen Timbers
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
  • Jay Treaty

    Jay Treaty
    Washington sent Chief Justice, John Jay, to talk to Great Britain out of sezing American ships and impressing the seamen into the navy. After a year of negotiations Great Britain left their posts on the western frontier but did not fix the original problem. It angered Americans who supported France, but was key to the policy of neutrality.
  • Pinckney Treaty

    Pinckney Treaty
    This treaty, written by US minister to Spain, was a response to Jay's Treaty and the effect that it had on Spain's policy towards its territories in America.
    Treaty: Spain agreed to open lower Mississippi River and New Orleans to trade, right of deposit was granted to US so they could transfer cargo in New Orleans without paying duties to Spanish government
    Spain: accepted US claim that Florida's norther boundary should be at 31st parallel
  • Treaty of Greenville

    Treaty of Greenville
  • Washington's Farewell Address

    Washington's Farewell Address