The Monroe Doctrine

November 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Statements of the Monroe Doctrine                                                                                             On December 2, 2813, President James Monroe submitted his seventh annual message to Congress. This message was an important document known as the Monroe Doctrine. Within this document, it warned the European countries about their interference with American affairs. The document established four main points. First, the European countries were no longer permitted to colonize the United States. Second, Europe and the United States had different policies and systems. Third, any interference in the Western hemisphere would be seen as a threat. Lastly, the United States would, in return, would not get involved in European affairs or interfere with existing colonies in the West.

Significance                                                                                                                                The Monroe Doctrine was used in many later situations that President Monroe himself never thought of. Although European countries did in fact avoid the United States, it was in fact out of fear from the British force, not the U.S. The Monroe Doctrine actually wasn’t immediately recognized as an official doctrine in the American policies. In 1840, nearly a decade later, the doctrine was used by President Polk. When the French declared Archduke Maximilian as the head of Mexico, the United States referred to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the French were violating their document. As a result, the Doctrine was honored and used by many following Presidents.



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