An agreement from the British to evacuate the posts in the West. They also promised to compensate American shipowners for seizures in the West Indies and to open up their colonies in Asia to American Ships. However the British did not concede to American demands that the rights of neutrals on the high seas be respected. As well John Jay committed the United States to paying pre-Revolutionary debts still owed to British merchants. Although Jay might have driven a hard bargain, this was a valuable treaty for the United States but also a humiliating one. Most of what the United States gained already legally belonged to it, and the treaty sacrificed principals of importance to a nation dependent on foreign trade.