By Thomas Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Robert Brigham, Michael Donoghue, Kenneth Hagan
This best-selling textual content offers the easiest synthesis of present scholarship to be had to stress the subject matter of expansionism and its manifestations.
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Indeed, since 1763, when France had been stripped of its empire, the compelling motive of French foreign policy became revanche. “There will come in time a revolution in America,” the French foreign minister in the 1760s predicted, “which will put England into a state of weakness where she will no longer be a terror in Europe. ”45 Americans knew of this intense French preoccupation. ”46 Aside from strengthening the Bourbon Family Compact with Spain and sending secret observers to North America, France made no overt moves to intervene before 1770.
They later justified retention of the posts on the grounds that Americans themselves had violated the treaty by their failure to repay debts to British creditors and by the shabby treatment accorded Loyalists. The British adopted a “wait-and-see” policy in the West, holding the forts, encouraging the Indians, but refusing Indian requests to guarantee their territorial claims. American shipping was thus effectively excluded from the Great Lakes after 1783, and new settlements were confined largely to Kentucky and Tennessee.
Thus began a curiously complicated trade, which often included a stop at the Hawaiian Islands to pick up sandalwood for Chinese consumers. ”100 On its second voyage, in 1792, the Columbia entered the mouth of the river named after it and helped establish the American claim to Oregon. In December 1785, Elias Hacket Derby of Salem sent the Grand Turk to the French island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, beginning a lucrative trade with India and other Asian ports. S. government. Spanish America also loomed as a new market in the 1780s.
American Foreign Relations: A History, Volume 1: To 1920 by Thomas Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Robert Brigham, Michael Donoghue, Kenneth Hagan