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In the last sixteen days of President Thomas Jefferson's presidency, the Congress replaced the Embargo Act of 1807 with the almost unenforceable Non-Intercourse Act of March 1809. This Act lifted all embargoes on American shipping except for those bound for British or French ports. Its intent was to damage the economies of the United Kingdom and France. Like its predecessor, the Embargo Act, it was mostly ineffective, and contributed to the coming of the War of 1812. In addition, it seriously damaged the economy of the United States.[1] The Non-Intercourse Act was followed by Macon's Bill Number 2. Despite hurting the economy as a whole, the bill did help America begin to industrialize, as no British manufactured goods could be imported, so these goods instead had to be produced domestically.[2]

Non-Intercourse Act (1809)
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn Act to interdict the commercial intercourse between the United States and Great Britain and France, and their dependencies; and for other purposes.
Enacted bythe 10th United States Congress
EffectiveMarch 1, 1809
Public law10-24
Statutes at LargeStat. 528
Acts repealedNon-importation Act
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S. 48
  • Passed the Senate on February 21, 1809 (21-12)
  • Passed the House on February 27, 1809 (81-40)
  • Signed into law by President Thomas Jefferson on March 1, 1809


  1. ^ United States Non-Intercourse Act - March 1, 1809 Rockcastle Karst Conservancy
  2. ^ Heidler, David Stephen; Heidler, Jeanne T. (2004). Encyclopedia of the War of 1812. pp. 390–91.

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