Businesses in America faced many problems. The Spanish argued about the border Between the United States and Florida. Spain also closed the port of New Orleans to U.S trade in 1784, hurting the American economy, causing all valuable goods moving down the Mississippi. Washington asked Thomas Pinckney, a US Ambassador to meet with Spanish officials to discuss the problem. He asked the Spanish to reopen the trade ports of New Orleans. This would allow American boats to transfer goods in New Orleans without cargo fees. In October 1795, Spanish Minister, Manuel Godoy, agreed to Pinckney's Treaty, which settled the border and trade disputes with Spain.