Washington is elected
Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States.
The King of France is pressured
The “common people” of France form the National Assembly to pressure the King and aristocracy to distribute their money and property.
The French Revolution begins
The Storming of the Bastille, the iconic fortress in Paris used to hold political opponents, by French insurgents marks the “official” beginning of the French Revolution.
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
Introduced by Lafayette, the French National Assembly publishes the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, a statement of principles based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson.
The French Monarchy is abolished
The French National Convention abolishes the monarchy, creating the French First Republic.
France declares war
Already at war with Austria and Prussia, France declares war on Great Britain and the Dutch Republic.
Washington is re-elected
Washington is unanimously re-elected as President of the United States.
Louis XVI is executed
Louis XVI is executed by guillotine in Paris.
Ambassador Genet arrives
Ambassador Genet arrives in Charleston, SC. He begins to encourage Americans to fight on behalf of France as he travels up to Philadelphia.
U.S. Statement of Neutrality
Washington issues a proclamation of Neutrality on behalf of the United States. He hopes that this will appease both the French and the British.
A ship is captured
A French Privateer captures the British merchant ship William in American waters near Philadelphia.
Henfield is arrested
The American sailor Gideon Henfield is arrested by U.S. authorities on charges of disturbing the peace and violating the proclamation of neutrality when he brings the William into the port of Philadelphia.
Henfield is prosecuted
The Washington administration decides to prosecute Henfield as a test case in enforcing a strict neutrality.
Chaos in France
The Jacobins faction takes charge in France and chaos increases. This news will not reach the U.S. for two months.
Genet begins plans to invade Spanish Florida and Louisiana and British Canada using American citizen volunteers.
Henfield is acquitted
A sympathetic Philadelphia jury acquits Henfield, finding him not guilty due to ambiguous U.S. laws on the mater.
Genet's plans collapse
Genet’s plans for invading Florida, Louisiana, and Canada collapse from his inability to acquire American volunteers.
The French recall Genet
The French government decides to recall Genet, looking to have a friendlier relationship with the Americans based on trade rather than spreading revolution.
Congress passes the Neutrality Act
Congress concurs with Washington’s plan for neutrality and passes the Neutrality Act.