We (America), are going to remain neutral even though France and Great Britain are a war.
The Jay Treaty
Mr. Jay, thank you for signing that treaty!
You must give us a tribute of money if you want to meet with the Talleyrand.
When France and Great Britain went to war, President Washington decided that America was going to remain neutral instead of getting involved in the war.
They are still seizing American ships and impressing our soldiers! What are we going to do?
President George Washington sent John Jay to London to settle things with the British, instead of going to war with them like the French wanted.
Protecting the Sailors
We shall make a deal with France and Great Britain so that our ships stop getting sized.
President Adams sent three envoys to France to ask the French to stop attacking the American ships. Talleyrand refused to speak with them and was met by three representatives known as X Y and Z.
The Settler problem
We must protect our land! We must fight the Americans!
Remaining neutral when ships were being seized was hard enough, and when the British started impressing American soldiers it became so much harder.
James Madison sent word to the French and the British that if they stopped seizing American ships we would stop trade with the other country. Napoleon agreed immediately, but gave secret orders to continue seizing American ships.
The settlers kept pushing the Shawnee Indian tribe farther and farther away from their territory, so they decided to fight back. They ended up losing, but fought for what they stood for.