The Whiskey Rebellion In The American Journey By George Washington

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“Washington knew the acts of the new government would be the first of everything, in our situation.” (A letter to James Madison from Washington, The American Journey, page 253.) After Washington’s oath he has many responsibilities, that under the constitution, he deals with for the country. George Washington faces many challenges and sets many precedents, or traditions, that will influence every future presidents.

The government faces the challenge of the Whiskey Rebellion . According to The American Journey, page 261, the government taxes Pennsylvania farmers as an act for the Alexander Hamilton’s plan to pay off the national debt. Washington is starting to be concerned about the growing opposition about the whiskey tax. The whiskey, and grain they produce, is very important in the farmer's lives. Turning their grain into whiskey made it easier for the product’s traveling. The farmers also trade
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George Washington signs treaties with the Native Americans, trying to lower the influence the British and Spanish on them. The settlers move to lands promised to the natives, which causes fighting. Washington sends an army under General Arthur St. Clair to reinforce the order in the Northwest Territory. In November 1791, St. Clair’s army is defeated by the chief of the Miami people, Little Turtle. Over 600 American soldiers die in this battle near Wabash River. Some believe that allying with France could help them. This idea causes Britain to take action in the West. George needs to send his troops again when the natives demand that all settlers north of the Ohio River leave. The army he sends is under the control of Anthony Wayne. They defeat over 1,000 Native Americans controlled by the Shawnee chief Blue Jacket. This battle is called the Battle of Fallen Timbers. The Natives nearly give up all their land, under the Treaty of Greenville, statesThe American Journey, page 261 and

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