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  • Hello there I'm going to tell you about of XYZ Affair when the political and diplomatic in 1797 and 1798 , early in the administration of John Adams.
  •     The cause of :             XYZ Affair
  • In 1793, France went to war with Great Britain while America remained neutral. Late the following year, the United States and Britain signed the Jay's Treaty.  
  • Adams, in introducing the matter to congress, made a somewhat belligerent speech in which he called for a vigorous defense of the nation's neutrality and expansion of the United States Navy, but stopped short of calling for war against France.
  • Congress approved this choice of commissioners, and Adams instructed them to negotiate similar terms to those that been granted to Britain in the Jay Treaty. The commissioners were also instructed to refuse loans, but to be flexible in the arrangement of payment terms for financial matters.
  • Adams initially proposed that john Marshall and Elbridge Gerry join Pinckney on the commission, but this cabinet to the choice of Gerry because he was  not a strong Federalist.
  • The Directory, generally not well-disposed to American interests, became notably more hostile to them in September 1797, when an internal coup propelled several anit-Americans into power. 
  • In late May 1797 Adam's cabinet met to discuss French relations and to choose a special commission. 
  • In part based on advice  imparted to French diplomate by Thomas Jefferson, Talleyrand decided to adopt a measured, slow pace to the negotiations. 
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