The Monroe Doctrine

As the United States continued to grow as a new nation it began to assert itself as a legitimate country at the global level. One such example is The Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine was issued in 1823 and established early foreing policy and relations of the United States with the world.

Specifically, The Monroe Doctrine created a foreign policy regarding the Western Hemisphere and Latin America. At this time, many colonies in the Western Hemisphere and Latin America were gaining their independence from European empires.

European monarchies were planning to help countries like Spain and Portugal reclaim their colonies. Afraid that this might happen to them, The United States wanted to make sure that the European powers would not try to regain control over the Americas.  

In 1823, President Monroe announced that the American continents would no longer be colonized by European powers in the future and the U.S. would not interfere in the internal affairs between European countries.  

Further, President Monroe warned that any efforts from European powers to take back their colonies would be considered, “dangerous to our peace and safety.” This doctrine was not taken seriously at first by other countries. Countries such as France felt that the U.S. had no right to make such bold statements. However, the U.S. maintained the Monroe Doctrine and used it as a basis for many foreing policy issues even up to the 1980’s.

The Monroe Doctrine was important in showing the United States as a new world power and protector of freedom and independence in the Americas.

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