Monroe Doctrine – Europeans Stay Away

By | Dec 2, 2015

During President James Monroe seventh and final address to the joint congress on December 2, 1823 he said;

… that the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers….

His statement was to the European powers that they were to no longer to colonize or interfere with the affairs of the newly independent states of the Americas.

This would stand as international policy for the United States well into the 20th century. Even though the doctrine was largely disregarded by the European countries, they did not try to colonize American soil and allowed the United States to expand westward to the Pacific Ocean.

The Doctrine has been used throughout the history of the United States by future Presidents such as James Polk when their was a dispute regarding the northern border of the Oregon Territory.

During the term of Theodore Roosevelt, he added what is called the Roosevelt Corollary. This states that European intervention in the Americas might sometimes be justified, it could not be permitted under the Monroe Doctrine; instead, the United States itself would take action in the country involved.


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