The XYZ Affair

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  • A treaty seems the best option right now. War is avoidable. I aim to keep it that way.
  • Pay us. We won't leave you alone until you do!
  • The French began attacking American ships.
  • I don't think war is a great idea...
  • We need to go to war!
  • John Adams told Charles Pinckney, Elbridge Gerry, and John Marshall they were to negotiate a peace treaty with three of the French Minister's agents.
  • WAR!
  • American Diplomats were outraged as the French, now called X, Y, and Z, demanded a bribe.
  • When told what happened, the Federalists demanded war, but James Adams wanted peace.
  • America released dispatches, and the French were enraged, wanting war.
  • The French eventually gave in, and the problem was solved by a treaty in 1800.
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