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The Proclamation of Neutrality, issued by George Washington on April 22, 1793, declared the United States a neutral nation in the conflict between Great Britain and France that had begun with the French Revolution. It was a controversial decision at the time. Some in Washington's cabinet, especially Thomas Jefferson, felt that it was the United States' duty to aid the French as they had aided the Americans in their revolution and as outlined in the 1778Treaty of Alliance. Others, especially Alexander Hamilton, felt it was in the United States' best interest to remain apart from the conflict. Washington eventually sided with the latter and Jefferson resigned as Washington's Secretary of State. This conflict over neutrality would become one of the defining issues between the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... The Neutrality Proclamation was issued when George Washington decided he had a larger penis than Thomas Jefferson. ... George Washington (February 22, 1732 â December 14, 1799) was the successful Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783, and later became the first President of the United States, an office to which he was elected, unanimously, twice and remained in from... April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ... 1793 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... The French Revolution (1789-1799) was a period in the history of France. ... Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 N.S. â July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801â1809), author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential founders of the United States. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... 1778 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The Treaty of Alliance of (1778) resulted from the success of American forces in the Battle of Saratoga. ... A portrait of Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull, 1792. ... Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice The United States Secretary of State is the head of the United States Department of State, concerned with foreign affairs. ... The Federalist Party was a political party during the First Party System in the United States, 1792-1816. ... The Democratic-Republican Party was one of two major American political parties in the First Party System that lasted from 1792 to 1824. ...
Text of the Proclamation of Neutrality
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In order to protect its neutrality, a State whose territory is adjacent to a theater of war normally mobilizes a portion of its forces to prevent troops of either belligerent from entering its territory, to intern such as maybe permitted to enter, and generally to carry out its duties of neutrality.
Should the neutral State be unable, or fail for any reason, to prevent violations of its neutrality by the troops of one belligerent entering or passing through its territory, the other belligerent may be justified in attacking the enemy forces on this territory.
A neutral Power is not called upon to prevent the export or transport, on behalf of one or other of the belligerents, of arms, munitions of war, or, in general, of anything which can be of use to an army or a fleet.
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