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Presidential actions have had important results in the United States Some of these actions are Washington sends John Jay to negotiate Jays Treaty Jefferson negotiates Purchase of Louisiana Territory Lincoln Issues the Emancipation Proclamation Washington sends John Jay to negotiate Jays Treaty George Washington was faced with a large problem with Great Britain In December of 1793 the British began to seize American ships on impress their sailors The House of Representatives passed legislation to stop all trade to England but the bill was stopped in the Senate Tensions ran high Federalists wanted to avoid war with Britain Alexander Hamilton was worried about stopping trade with Britain because his financial plans relied on taxes on British imports As a last resort Washington sent his Chief Justice John Jay to Britain to try to reach an agreement Jay faced the problem of Hamilton telling the British that the US would not join any alliances against Britain The British in turn saw no reason to stop impressing American sailors John Jay worked on bargaining with the British for a year He could not agree to anything regarding maritime law When the news spread to Americans they were outraged Jays Treaty was successful in a few ways 1 The British allowed American ships to go to India and the West Indies to trade 2 The British agreed to leave the frontier fur posts in American territory by June 1 1796 Jefferson negotiates Purchase of Louisiana Territory Thomas Jefferson was a strict interpreter of the Constitution Then opportunities in Europe made him stretch the constitution and spend more money than Federalists were comfortable with Many American were begging to move farther and farther west and depending more and more on the Mississippi to transport their goods Jefferson saw this and supported growth towards the east and he wanted new farms to develop The US worried about having to deal with Spains domination of the Mississippi territory but
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