Becomes slogan "Millions for defense, not one six pence for tribute!"
Bribe Attempt a sensation in U.S.
Known as XYZ Affair
As nameless French agents who demanded bribe just called X, Y, and Z
Tribute - yearly money paid by nations in Roman Empire to Rome, for privilege of ruling themselves while protected by of Roman Empire
See political cartoon, p. 299
A British political cartoon depicting the affair: The United States is represented by the woman, who is being plundered by five Frenchmen. The figures grouped off to the right are other European countries; John Bull, representing Great Britain, sits laughing on a hill.
Unit - Establishing Our Place in the World
Timeline Topic - France – War or Negotiation? – p. 299 “War Fever”