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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Background: Jay Treaty Neutrality Act Two Sides: Jefferson What it Did: Importance: Following the American Revolution, Prussia, Austria, England and Spain go to war against France. This puts the United States in a sticky spot: Should we support France or not? Barred American ships from sending war related materials to either side, declared that the United States would not protect citizens who violate law, states that they will prosecute any violator of neutrality. * Against Neutrality* Inspired by Revolution* Felt obligated to France Neutrality Act & Jay Treaty Were the United States to support France in the war, we would have suffered physically as well as economically due to our small, untrained army and drained economy from the Revolution. George Washington * For Neutrality* Nothing to gain by helping* France brought war upon herself Hamilton John Jay * Sided with pro- british Hamilton* Ordered John Jay to negotiate * Guided by Hamilton* Inspired by Revolution* Felt obligated to France * Assured Britain that U.S. won't side with Demark and Sweden* Ruins Jay's plans What it Did: Importance: The treaty was created to solve the tense situation between America and Britain. It addressed three key issues: the british exports came in, but American exports were blocked; breaking Treaty of Paris; and the unnecessary actions upon American naval ships. Hamilton It maintained peace and kept U.S. neutral, although granted Britain additional rights and restricted commercial access to British West Indies. Jay only got a surrender of the northern ports.
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