December 22, 1807: President Thomas Jefferson Passes the Embargo Act
He is way too happy about this, something is bound to go wrong
What is this act even about?
My fellow Americans...Due to the sinking of the Chesapeake, impressment of sailors by the British navy, Britain's Orders in Council, and France's Continental System, Congress and I have decided to pass the Embargo Act.
Let the journey beign...
Later that evening...
Take that you belligerents of Europe!
Mr. President, would you explain what this act is exactly for the press?
Why yes of course! This act seizes all foreign trade and exports prohibiting American merchants from leaving American ports. My hope is that this is a peaceful approach that will put economic pressure on Britain and they will reconsider their decisions and reconsider violating the rights of neutral nations rather than losing America as a trading partner.
Meanwhile in Britain...
My King, news has arrived that the U.S. refuses to trade with our merchants. Thankfully we had a good harvest this year and are not in dire need of anything.
OH MY! Oh well I mean just in case we could just head a little south, South America should do just fine.
Embargo Act? More like "Mobrage Act" What am I supposed to do with this oversupply of cotton and tobacco when I have no one to sell it to?
That Dambargo Act is hurting commerce in the New England states more than the British and French were! Where will all my ships go?
Not only did I underestimate Britain's determination but the long term effects on the economy! Something must be done...
The New England States can not take anymore of this nonsense we would like to secede!!
Can't say I told you so...
Hopefully the next president can come up with something better because Britain is still screwing with the economy.
Americans I stand again before you because the Embargo Act did not do what I had intended. Therefore I find the only option is to repeal it before I step down from presidency.