The XYZ affair was a diplomatic event between France and America during the late 18th century.
-In 1793 France went to war with Britain while America stayed neutral.
-The United States signed the Jay Treaty with Britain.
The French were mad with Jay's Treaty because they believed it violated earlier treaties between the United States and France. So they captured American merchant ships.
John Adams dispatched a three man delegation to Paris to try and restore peace. The French tried to bribe Americans but Pinckney said "No".
When word of what the French tried to demand reached the US it caused an uproar. When Adams handed over the names of the French agents he changed the names to X, Y, and Z. Therefore it is called the XYZ affair.
-The XYZ affair led to an undeclared war at sea. Now known as the Quasi-War.