Washington had an inauguration to become the first president on April 30, 1789 in New York City. Washington was anxious because he was going to set a precedent for future presidents.
America was in a huge financial crisis. So much that they owed $75 million dollars! Most of the debt that they owed was from bonds to other countries (mainly France and Britain).
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Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the U.S.Treasury, had a plan that consisted of three parts. To explain, the plan was to get rid of the financial crisis. Hamilton's plan was very bold but in the end it all worked out.
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Congress imposed a tax on all whiskey made and sold in the country. Farmers who made the whiskey were not happy about this tax and began to protest. The protest soon got out of hand and to stop it, Washington sent a group of militia. The militia ended the protest and this proved to the U.S that armed rebellion would not be tolerated.
The British were still in American lands 10 years after they lost the war. The whole time the British had been supplying the Native Americans with guns and were fighting the American settlers. The government tried to buy the land from the Native Americans but instead they kept fighting settlements. Finally the Native Americans and the government agreed on the Treaty of Greenville
The French Revolution broke out between the French and the British (who were both allies of the Americans at that time). Americans wanted to side with the French at first because the French were kind of following in the U.S's footsteps. Then the French started to get more violent and started to go to far, so a lot of the Americans opinions changed. Finally, the British started to capture American sailors to make them become a soldier for the British.