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John Adams
Ambassador to Britain John Adams Receives Clandestine Word of an Alliance Between King George III and the New German Confederation, and Writes America's First International Spy, His Mind Alive to What Europe's Changing Landscape Might Mean for America With other nations also involved in a potential realignment of Europe, he worries there might be an agreement to freeze out American trade, but also sees benefits if the purpose is to create a neutral free trade zone. With other nations also involved in a potential realignment of Europe, he worries there might be an agreement to freeze out American trade, but also sees benefits if the purpose is to create a neutral free trade zone.
16/07/1785. Just a month after his famed official reception by King George III: "I long to Spend an Evening with you, in weighing all the Circumstances discovering the Views and Motives, and conjecturing into Futurity. I wish I dared trust to Paper my Solitary Lucubrations upon it, but it would be too dangerous."Few were more influential for the American cause abroad during the Revolutionary War and early independence years than John Adams. At the end of July 1780 Adams was named commissioner to the Netherlands and moved to Amsterdam. He sought to cultivate Dutch merchants so as to open trade with the United States and the bankers so as to negotiate a loan that would allow the U.S. to be more independent of France. The Dutch, and particularly the Stadtholder William V, were hesitant as they did not want to get drawn into the losing side of the war (and William V was the cousin of British King George III). But Adams' tireless efforts and the news of the American victory at Yorktown, Virginia changed the Dutch position and Adams secured a two million dollar loan.With the aid of the Dutch Patriot leader Joan van der Capellen tot den Pol, a liberal foe of the Stadtholder, Adams secured the Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government on April 19, 1782. He also negotiated a loan of five million guilders financed by Nicolaas van Staphorst and Wilhelm Willink. In October 1782, he secured the plum - a Treaty of Amity and Commerce with the Netherlands, the first such treaty between the United States and a foreign power following the 1778 treaty wit … [Click Below for Full Description]
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