The Embargo Act

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  • In 1807, Thomas Jefferson sponsored the Embargo Act
  • The Embargo Act imposed a general embargo that made any and all exports from the United States illegal.
  • The goal was to force Britain and France to respect American rights during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Many did not agree with this act because the United States started to not make money and were losing a lot.
  • It was a failure because neither France nor Britain backed down from their original decrees curtailing neutral shipping.
  • On March 1st, 1809, the Embargo Act was relaxed with the Nonintercourse Act, which reopened American ports to trade with all nations except Britain and France.
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