in 1823 by President James Monroe. Basically, it warned
European nations not to get involved in political matters in
Central and South America. The Doctrine was intended to show
that the United States was the only country that could
influence such political matters. Further, several countries
in South American had recently undergone revolutions against
their European colonial owners and ended up with republican
governments. The United States agreed with their political
philosophy and did not want to see those newly free
nations become European colonies again.
The Monroe Doctrine is an American Government policy statement of nonintervention that has had wide-ranging if sporadic enforcement and uses since it was introduced.
An overview of the time in which Monroe lived.
More about this president for his election landslide and his
on the Web:
of the Monroe Doctrine
Read for yourself how Monroe acted to protect American
interests in the Southern Hemisphere.
From the Internet Public /library, this site gives a
well-rounded picture of Monroe and his times.
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