John Quincy Adams's Presidency

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Which country did the US have trade issues with during John Quincy Adams's presidency?

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Adams's Presidency was beset by problems concerning American trade with the British West Indies. Though Adams had achieved a fair degree of success with his trade policy, concluding a series of commercial treaties with countries such as Austria, Brazil, and Denmark, he was never able to reach a similar agreement with the British over their West Indian colonies.

Although the Americans had concluded a previous trade agreement with the British in 1815, the terms of that agreement did not extend to the Western Hemisphere. In due course, the British would relent to American pressure to allow a limited amount of American goods to be imported into the West Indies, but there was never any serious prospect of Great Britain abandoning its long-standing policy of Imperial Preference, a series of mutually-protective trade agreements between the mother country and her colonies.

Even such limited concessions were eventually abandoned in 1825, when the British banned US trade with the West Indies. Despite the best efforts of the Adams Administration to get the ban lifted, the British remained firm and no agreement could be reached between the two sides. Thankfully for the United States, the trade agreements that Adams had concluded with other countries offset the loss sustained by the suspension of trade with the British West Indies.

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