Why is Jay’s Treaty considered a "landmark in the shaping of American foreign policy?" Explain the controversy/issues surrounding the treaty including the opinions of the parties, Jefferson, Madison, and the majority of Americans.
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By the 1790's Washington felt that Britain had violated the terms of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The British were not living up to the agreements or even the spirit of the treaty. British troops still remained in America and economic promises were not fulfilled. Washington was well aware that America could not withstand a war with Britain so he sent John Jay to Britain to try and settle the difficulties diplomatically. John Jay made many concessions to the British but was successful on key points, which avoided military conflict between the two nations.