American Foreign Relations: A History, Volume 1: To 1920 by Thomas Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Robert Brigham, Michael

By Thomas Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Robert Brigham, Michael Donoghue, Kenneth Hagan

This best-selling textual content provides the simplest synthesis of present scholarship to be had to stress the topic of expansionism and its manifestations.

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Because of Madrid’s obsession with Gibraltar, the French agreed to keep on fighting until they wrested that rocky symbol of Spanish pride from the British. According to the alliance of 1778, the United States and France had pledged not to make a separate peace and to continue the war until England recognized American independence. Now France was promising to fight until Gibraltar fell. ”69 And because the terms of Aranjuez remained secret, American diplomats could only guess at these new political entanglements.

71 Rarely did Count Floridablanca deign to communicate with him. Even more frustrating, Jay ran out of money and had to ask the Spanish for funds. The Spanish did give Jay some $175,000, but only to keep the American dangling while Floridablanca secretly negotiated with a British agent in the hope that Britain would accept outside mediation and cede Gibraltar. 72 In the summer of 1781, Congress instructed Jay to give up the demand for navigation rights on the Mississippi River, if only Spain would recognize American independence and make an alliance.

The New Constitution and the Legacy of the Founding Generation The size of the federal republic also aroused debate at Philadelphia. According to classic political theory, republics stood the best chance of survival if their territory remained small. What about the obvious disparity between the thirteen coastal states and the vast trans-Allegheny expanse stretching to the Mississippi? It took the thirty-five-year-old Virginia lawyer James Madison to articulate the philosophy of a growing republican empire.

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