The United States And Foreign Affairs

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From 1789 through 1800, the United States was greatly involved in foreign affairs. The nation had just been established, and the early United States was greatly influenced by foreign affairs as a result. International affairs even pushed the young nation to the brink of war. The young United States would attempt to become neutral, however international countries would be influencing in the nation issues, including politics. In George Washington’s second term as president, wars in Europe forced foreign affairs into American life, especially between Britain and France, the most powerful nations in Europe. There were two formal political organizations formed from this: Federalists and Republicans. The Federalists were in favor of a strong national government, central economic planning, and close ties to Great Britain. The Republicans were in favor of just the opposite: he wanted state’s rights, along with strict interpretation of the Constitution, and friendship with France. (America Past and Present Eighth Edition, page 203) Great Britain was arrogant toward the United States. The colonies had beaten the British on land during the American Revolution. Had they been against the British on the water, the Americans would have been no match for the strongest navy in the world, the British navy. According to the Treaty of Paris, or the Treaty of 1783, the British had agreed to vacate military posts in the Northwest Territory. By 1794, there were still about…
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