Importance of affairs in politics of the 1790's
There are many things, both foreign and domestic, which affected politics in the 1790's. Some examples of foreign affairs are the X,Y,Z affair, and the Jay's and Pinkney's treaty. There was also alot of things happening in domestic affairs such as the alien and sedition act, whiskey rebellion, and The Bill of rights. Even though there was a lot of domestic affairs which affected politics foreign affairs affected a lot in the politics of the 1790's.
As the war between France and England escalated America decided that it would maintain neutrality. This was very hard because of two things. France sent Edmond Genet over to America to recruit for the French navy. The other thing was that the British were seizing American ships which escalated the anger towards Britain. Because the new secretary of state was pro french Washington appointed John Jay as commisiner to England. John Jay made a treaty with Britain which help preventing the war with the British. This also means that the British acknowledges America as it's own country. Because of this treaty the Spanish began to fear that they might try to take over parts in America that the Spanish had. So when Thomas Pinckney made the treaty he had no troubles getting them to accept. The treaty allowed Americans to use the Mississippi, got more area in Florida, and help with the Indians. These two treaties might have improved realtionships with Great Britain and Spain but it decreased the relationship with France which lead to the X,Y,Z affair.
The X,Y,Z affair was very important because it marked the beginning of undeclared war against France. Because of the decreasing relationship with France, America decided to send Charles Pinckney to France. When he arrived at France he was refused audience with the government. The American government then made three represenatives to go to France but the French government refused to meet them unless they give a loan to...