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By Doron S. Ben-Atar

Interpreting the tensions among the Atlantic advertisement financial system and 18th-century notions of republican advantage, this booklet is a severe exam of the origins of Jeffersonian advertisement international relations and coverage from his days as a Virginia flesh presser to his retirement from the presidency in 1809. the writer demonstrates that even if republicans usually posed trade because the contrary of advantage, the important topic of Jefferson's advertisement international relations was once the pursuit of overseas markets for surplus agricultural creation.

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In a letter to the Spanish governor of Louisiana, Don Bernardo de Galvez, Jefferson argued that the vicinity of the Spanish and Virginian territories dictated that the state and the Spanish colony would benefit through cooperation. 81 Believing that the future strength and prosperity of the South lay with western settlement, the river was the best channel for marketing western agricultuml products to Europe. In 1780, when it seemed likely that the English would control A Source of Power 33 at least part of the South, southerners were disappointed with northern willingness to abandon free American navigation of the Mississippi as the precondition of a peace treaty.

Ss With the rapid depreciation of its paper money, revenues from foreign trade with European nations became the best way for Virginia to finance the war. Therefore the state sent such agents as William Lee to Vienna and Berlin, Philip Mazzei to the Italian states, and authorized Frenchman 34 The Origins of Jeffersonian Commercial Policy and Diplomacy Peter Penet to promote trade. These agents reported directly to the governor that European merchants bad beard about the uncollected sums owed by Americans to English creditors and that they distrusted both the ability and the willingness of Americans to pay their debts.

The American right to trade outside the imperial system became the test of British intentions. A Summary View criticized mercantilist commercial·regulations on political, legal, and ideological grounds. Jefferson argued that the 'exercise of free trade with all parts of the world' 45 was a natural right that could not be denied by Parliament Lord North's conciliatory proposal of February 1775 that Parliament would no longer tax the colonies if they promised to contribute annually to the empire's maintenance, was rejected because it did not recognize this right.

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