Updated: 1/15/2021

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  • XYZ Affair
  • Stop attacking our ships!
  • Never, I am French and we believe you are helping the British in their plans to attack us!
  • XYZ Affair
  • We just want to meet with the French Minister so that we can come to a peaceful agreement
  • You may meet with him, but you must pay France a bribe
  • We will not go to war! We are too weak!
  • XYZ Affair
  • Go to war! We hate the French!
  • Fight for peace! Do the right thing!
  • Begins when the French are attacking American ships because the French think that the Americans are giving the British supplies to help them fight their war.
  • The Americans are upset with the French because they demand a bribe to speak with their French minister who can stop the attacks on the Americans from the French.
  • America demands that their independent nation be treated with respect and most of the country wants to go to war.