Washington's actions as the first president, allowed for him to set strong precedents for a strong executive branch and central government. He also ratified Jay's Treaty with hopes to prevent another war.
The US bought the Louisiana Purchase from France, gaining about 828,000 square miles of land Lewis and Clark traveled across America and discovered new animals and plants.
The XYZ Affair took place, three French emissaries demanded America to pay a $250, 000 bribe and a $10 million loan, but the Americans did not pay for either of these fees.
Also, the Alien and Sedition Acts were passed: It increased the required amount of years before an immigrant could become a citizen from 5 to 14, gave the President the power to deport or imprison any foreign person who was believed to be dangerous, and said that it was a crime to write hateful things about the government.
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Britain took American seamen into the Navy without any notice, angering the Americans which causes the War of 1812.