you guys are not ready for war instead I announce a policy of neutrality
Protecting U.S. Ships
we must stay away from other countries conflict
Washington's policy of avoiding alliances with other countries became known as Isolationism, for the next century,isolationism would be the foundation of U.S. foreign policy
Dealing with pirates
the XYZ tried to bribe the Americans but the Americans refused to pay for peace when the Americans went home they were outraged so at President Adams request, congress voted to recruit an army of 10,000 men. As Americans prepared for war
the war of 1812
I want war!
Isolationism sounded good in theory, but it is often hard to stay out of other countries conflicts, John Adams knew this better than anyone, he was the nation's second president, Adams tried to follow George Washington's policy of neutrality, with France but staying neutral proved to be difficult
A new Foreign Policy Challenge
In 1803, France and great Britain were at war again, as the conflict heated up both nations began seizing American ships that were trading with their enemy.
James Madison chose to abandon isolationism at his request, congress declared war on great Britain on July 17 1812. this was a bold step for a nation with an army of 7,000 poorly trained men and a navy of only 16 ships
James Monroe became president in 1817, after the excitement of the war of 1812 he was relieved to return the nation to it's policy of isolationism