The John Adams Presidency

Whenever John Adams became President, he wanted to maintain the ideals of George Washington, who urged America to cut foreign ties. France was angered by this and felt that America had broken the Treaty of Alliance of 1778. After failed attempts to negotiate with the French, an undeclared naval war occurred between 1798 and 1800. This cause the American military to grow rapidly, and the Navy was founded. In the end the Treaty of Alliance of 1778 was torn up and the Treaty of Mortefontaine was established. This treaty promised that both sides would waive all damages done to each other and each country would be given a trading priority over other nations.

John Adams as President

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