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The French felt sick, so July 1796, the French navy began attacking American merchant ships bound for Britain. Over the next year, 316 American ships were seized.
Adams took action and urged congress to vote to recuit an army of 10,000 men. It was also voted for 12 new ships for the navy. The country was getting ready for war, but Adams didn't know if that was the right designs.
Adams sent three envoys, known as just XYZ, to France to try and stop the attacks. Of course they came back saying the French rejected the request, which put Americans in an outrage.
In 1799 the president announced
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