The Monroe Doctrine

November 13, 2013 at 11:41 am 2 comments

Danielle Wood

The Monroe Doctrine

            On December 2, 1823, President James Monroe made his seventh annual address to Congress.  Within this address, the famous Monroe Doctrine was stated by the president.  The Monroe Doctrine declared that the United States was no longer under the rule of European Powers.  Also, it gave them the right to interfere with the colonization of efforts of other European countries if viewed as acts of aggression.  However, the doctrine also stressed that the United States would not interfere with the existing European colonies or meddle in the affairs of the European countries.  The intent of this foreign policy was to warn the European nations, mainly Spain and France, that their further colonization of the New World would not be accepted by the American colonies.  Great Britain agreed with this policy and therefore wanted to form an alliance with The United States; however, the United States rejected the proposal seeking to do this on their own.  The Monroe Doctrine made a big impact in the world.  It gave the United States a new respect for standing up to the threats of the bigger and stronger countries.  It was noted by these other countries that heeded the warnings and remained distant from the United States avoiding any conflict in North America.  The Monroe Doctrine has been used many times since Monroe’s presidency including during the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and many others.  It is very much honored for the bravery it took for James Monroe to make that stand alone without the help of another country.  Even to this day it is a part of our nation’s foreign policy.




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  • 1. vebramos  |  November 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I agree with the Monroe Doctrine, but part of it was that we would stay out of the affairs of Europe and the Eastern hemisphere, and Europe would stay out of our business. basically at this point in time we have not been doing a considerably good job of it.

  • 2. monguinhandel  |  November 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    its amazing that the Monroe Doctrine is still used today


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