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Jefferson as Secretary of State

Evolution of the Department

Jefferson's republican values

Minister of the Legation in Paris 1785-89

First Secretary of State 1790-1793

Northwest Territory = war

Southwest Territory = diplomacy

French Revolution

Thomas Pinckney's London Mission (Jack Cross book)

War of 1st Coalition

Impressment - complex issue

Orders in Council

  1. all grain cargoes for France to be seized - June 8, 1793
  2. all trade with French ports in West Indies seized - Nov. 6, 1793
  3. some food (corn) exempt and ships seized would be speedily tried in vice-admiralty courts with fair compensation - a major victory for Pinckney - Jan 8, 1794

Citizen Genet

Jay's Treaty


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