XYZ Affair

XYZ Affair

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  • The French were grabbing the American sailors and looted the ships to prevent them from trading with France since France and Britain were at war.
  • To avoid war and restore peace, President John Adams sent three people to meet with the French minister of foreign affairs.
  • When they arrived three French agents pulled them aside, known as XYZ, and said that the French minister would talk IF the Americans agreed to pay a loan to the French of $10 million dollars and a bribe of $250,000. The Americans refused and Pinckney said, "no, no, not a sixpence."
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