AP US History : Global Participation 1755–1800

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Example Question #1 : Global Participation 1755–1800

“History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.... Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. . . . The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none, or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns.”

- George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796


The concerns elaborated by Washington were in response to which of the following events?

Possible Answers:

Arguments over purchasing Florida from Spain

Debate over the proper treatment of American Indian tribes in the trans-Appalachian West in response to settlement by colonists

Controversy regarding support for the revolutionary government of France

Conflict with Great Britain over the treatment of American Loyalists

Dispute over the possibility of annexing Canada from Great Britain

Correct answer:

Controversy regarding support for the revolutionary government of France


In his farewell address, Washington warned the nation to avoid permanent alliances with foreign nations. Washington’s efforts to protect the fragile young republic by steering a neutral course between England and France during the French Revolutionary Wars was made extremely difficult by the intense rhetoric flowing from the pro-English Federalists led by Alexander Hamilton and the pro-French led by Thomas Jefferson.

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