By Thomas Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Robert Brigham, Michael Donoghue, Kenneth Hagan
This best-selling textual content offers the simplest synthesis of present scholarship on hand to stress the subject of expansionism and its manifestations.
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The inability of Congress to retaliate distressed Jefferson. ”119 Given political and economic realities in America, however, Jefferson understood that such complete isolation was impossible, so he advocated constitutional reform instead. ”120 Another impetus to constitutional reform grew out of the dreary record of dealings with the Barbary “pirates” in the 1780s. The rulers of the North African states—Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, and Morocco—had transformed piracy into a national industry. ”121 By capturing merchant ships, holding sailors and cargoes for ransom, and extorting protection money from nations willing to pay, the sultans nearly drove American shipping out of the Mediterranean.
That commitment was tested at the very beginning of the alliance. When the Elector Maximilian of Bavaria died, on December 30, 1777, Joseph II of Austria promptly occupied and annexed that German principality. Frederick the Great of Prussia went to war on behalf of Bavarian independence. Austria urged France, allied to Austria since 1756, to join the War of Bavarian Succession against Prussia. The Austrian Netherlands would be France’s reward, but Vergennes resisted temptation. Toward Austria, he slyly assumed the role of benevolent mediator, hoping to keep Europe quiet in order to concentrate on the maritime war against England.
95 Nearly half the national territory, some 24 Chapter 1 / Embryo of Empire: Americans and the World Before 1789 220 million acres of wilderness, lay across the Appalachian chain, and the westward flood of emigrants, fleeing from heavy taxes to lower ones, from poorer to better lands, became inexorable. More than 100,000 Americans settled in Kentucky and Tennessee in the years between 1775 and 1790. ”96 For George Washington, roads and canals would turn the trans-Allegheny region into a field almost too extensive for imagination.
American Foreign Relations: A History, Volume 1: To 1920 by Thomas Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Robert Brigham, Michael Donoghue, Kenneth Hagan