Embargo Act Dbq

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The United States sought to remain neutral and trade with both the British and the French, but neither wanted the other to have the American supplies. Jefferson wanted to make sure they didn’t go to war because he was afraid that the war between them and Britain would affect Trade rights more than they already were .The Nonintercourse Acts were diplomatic responses by Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison designed to protect American interests and avoid war. They failed, and helped cause the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Britain. Jefferson, by putting the Embargo Act into effect, was trying to engage in peaceful coercion and protect American interests and avoid war, by means of basically stopping US ships from going to Europe until
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