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Whether to Fight France or England That the United States was in a time of disrupted trade, economic distress and shaky foreign alliances, demonstrates that war with either France or England was inevitable, however, the United States was able to detain the war from happening for about twelve years. Relations between the United States and Great Britain had been strained after the United States won its independence in 1783, but the greatest problems developed during the war between England and France that broke out in 1793. To prevent American neutral shipping from helping the French, the British instituted extensive marine blockades of European ports. The resulting seizures of American merchant shipping quickly brought demands for retaliation in the United States. From 1794 on, however, tensions eased as the administrations of George Washington and John Adams worked to avoid diplomatic difficulties with the British.
Although America signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, after claiming victory over the British in the American Revolution, the United States struggled to protect their independency. Many European countries were very slow to give formal recognition to the United States. They would also put restrictions on trading with the United States, thus hurting our economy enormously. This led to an international campaign for free trade against countries like Britain, France, and Spain. These countries wanted to see “the new country broken u... ... middle of paper ... ...s against all odds.
According to Jon Dorbolo “A just war must be initiated by a political authority within a political system that allows distinctions of Justice.” President Madison (1809-1817) made attempts to stop the war by exchanging the Embargo Act of (1807-1809) by President Jefferson with the Non-Intercourse act which opened up all other foreign markets except Britain and France. Due to the fact that the British and France markets where the biggest markets available this did little to nothing to improve the struggling U.S economy. After three years of failed negotiation, the pro-war voices in Congress were much stronger in America. In June 1812, swayed of the inevitability of war against Britain, P... ... middle of paper ... ... Oct. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
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These important questions can only be answered by concluding that Great Britain was protecting the colonies in order to continue benefiting from them. The French war occurred because British was merely protecting its resources, but not for the cause of the colonies. The pressure induced on the colonies by the British, pushed the colonies to the road of revolution earlier than they had anticipated. However most people wonder, had the British king accepted the continental congress Olive Branch Petition, could the revolutionary war have been avoided? One would agree that the revolution war was inevitable, although it could have been prolonged for few more years had the king and his government handled the colonies issues in a considerably and reasonable manners.
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