Impact of the XYZ Affair

Impact of the XYZ Affair

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  • Jay's Treaty
  • Hi, my name is John Jay of the US.  My people and I were wondering if we could start trade again!
  • Thank you for your kindness and respectability.  We also think it's best for you to continue your fur trade.
  • I am here to represent Britain and we totally agree. We will open our ports back up.
  • France's Reaction to Jay's Treaty
  • When France gets the news that the US and Britain are trading they get terrified.  Now they believe the US will side with Britain so they start to seize American ships.
  • We are delegates from the US and we would like for your country to stop seizing our ships!
  • The XYZ Affair
  • We are representatives for the Prime Minister.  We will stop if you agree to pay us $250,000.
  • John Jay was sent to negotiate with Britain.  The British agreed to open their ports.  The US allowed Britain to continue their fur trade. 
  • US Reaction to the XYZ Affair
  • Let's make a Navy!
  • We should have an undeclared war with France!
  • France believes that the US will side with Britain instead of them now.
  • The Alien and Sedition Acts
  • We hate the government!
  • The US sends 3 delegates to meet with the Prime Minister.  Representatives were sent instead of the Minister and they offered a $250,000 bribe.  We declined!!
  • The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
  • The Alien and Sedition Acts are deemed unconstitutional.
  • The US gained Anti-French feelings, we created a Navy and started an undeclared war.
  • The Alien Acts gave the president power to deport or jail any immigrant considered undesirable.  The Sedition Act set fines and jail terms for anyone going against the government.
  • The states of Kentucky and Virginia found the Alien and Sedition Acts unconstitutional and did not participate in those unethical actions.
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