Summary
British ships seizing American vessels.
British ships seizing American vessels.


Macon's Bill No. 2 was created to attempt to get Britain and France to stop taking American vessels during to Napoleonic Wars. It was a revision of Macon's Bill No. 2, created by Representative Nathaniel Macon. Macon's Bill No. 2 became law on May 1st of 1810. For three months, the law lifted all embargoes with both Britain and France. If one country stopped attacking American shipping, the United States would end trade with the other country, unless the other country recognized that American ships were neutral as well.

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Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte
eon's Reaction


At the time, Napoleon had a Continental Plan that was a form of economic warfare he believed would destroy the economy of Britain. He immediately saw a chance to exploit the bill in order to further his plan. He sent message to the United States recognized their vessels as neutral. President James Madison grudgingly accepted the offer, as he was an ardent opponent of the bill. Napoleon, however
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had no plans on following through with his offer. Madison soon realized this and started up trade with Britain once again. The British were still highly offended and threatened to implement force on the United States, so Napoleon finally withdrew altogether. However, it was too late to reverse the damage that had been done. Britain continued to harass American vessels which only escalated the tension between the United States and European nations. Thus the United States and Britain became involved with the War of 1812.



Results
Nathaniel Macon
Nathaniel Macon


Historians generally agreed that the bill was useless since the European economies played upon the weaknesses of the bill. This combined with Madison's realization of France's deviation made it so the parameters of the bill were never enforced. The bill responded to the ineffectiveness of both the Non-Intercourse Act of 1809 and the Embargo Act. Ironically enough, Macon himself did not vote in favored of the finish
ed draft of the bill.
Just an idea for the test Mr. Pacia...
Just an idea for the test Mr. Pacia...