European powers agree to Declaration of Paris on foreign shipping during times of war
European powers signed the Declaration of Paris, which called for the abolition of contraband trade worldwide and declared the right of neutral ships to operate freely during wartime. The United States later objected to the terms of the declaration, saying they favor large countries over small ones. (By Brian Bockelman)
Lester H. Brune, ed., Chronological History of United States Foreign Relations, 1776 to January 20, 1981, vol. 1 (New York: Garland, 1985), 268-70.