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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The United States The XYZ Affair: An Overview The XYZ Affair: An Overview Z Britain France Overseas trading became difficult for the United States when Britain and France went to war in 1793. Neutralitybecame challenging to maintain once the Jay Treaty wassigned with Britain, giving them easier trade with theUnited States. France was angered, and the Americanswanted to negotiate peace. At this time the U.S. navy wasbattling French ships in the Caribbean. Three U.S.representatives were sent to France and met by three French agents who demanded a bribe of £50,000.The Americans refused. X Y Z USA wanted to remain neutral in the war betweenBritain and France. WAR You want to negotiate peace? We want £50,000as a bribe. Suspicious U.S. citizens insisted that President John Adams publish all communications with France, and in doing so, he replaced the namesof the agents with X, Y, and Z. Americans were outraged by the disrespectful treatment and request; many wanted to go to war. The attempted transaction was later referred to as the XYZ Affair. "Millions fordefense, butnot one centfor tribute." Jean-Conrad Hottinguer (X),Pierre Bellamy (Y), + Lucian Hauteval (Z) XYZ Affair. The Jefferson Monticello. UNESCO, n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2014. <>.The XYZ Affair. John Adams Historical Society. John Adams Historical Society, n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2014. <>.The XYZ Affair and the Quasi-War with France, 17981800. U.S. Department of State: Office of the Historian. Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2014. <>. Elbridge Gerry,Charles CotesworthPinckney, +John Marshall Famous quote *Peace was eventually achieved with the signing of the Treaty of Mortefontaine on 12-21-1801.
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