Lead: To calm the angry French President John Adams sent three envoys to Paris in 1797.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Revolution came to France in 1789 and in four years the new government had executed King Louis XVI and declared war on Britain and most of the rest of Europe. The United States tried to stay out of the war but France insisted the United States must honor its obligations in the Treaty of 1778 by which France can be said to have rescued the new American republic. Both France and Britain were seizing American ships which trying to trade with the other and the United States was slowly being drawn into the hostilities.


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