President Washington’s Calculated Risk

To secure the old Northwest he waged our first cold war, which came to a climax in the Battle of Fallen Timbers

Washington, upon taking office, was confronted by demands more complex and critical than were to be posed any incoming President until the day of Lincoln’s inauguration. Far from least among these problems was the contriving of a foreign policy that might offer some hope of retaining American title to the Ohio Valley without the maneuver involving us in a new war with recent enemy England or with recent ally Spain, or with both.

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