The XYZ affair started because the U.S signed a treaty with Britain that said they would stay neutral and France got mad because they were at war with Britain.
We will stay Neutral with you guys.
I am the U.S ambassador for France.
George Washington sent Charles Cotesworth Pickney to France and the government told him go home
Let us see the minister.
If you want to see him then pay us a lot of money.
When John Adams became president he sent three people to Paris to try to repair everything but the minister said they had to pay a whole lot of money.
No! No! Not a sixpence!
The agents that John Adams sent told the French no. Charles Cotesworth Pickney said his famous quote.
When the three agents got back the U.S caused calls for war.
They DID WHAT! Its time for war.
Effects of XYZ affair.
Congress started creating warships and gave ships authorization to attack french ship witch started an undeclared naval war witch lasted two years. After this undeclared war France finally signed a treaty.