Monroe Doctrine

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How Does the Monroe Doctrine Determine Our Past and Present Dominance As A World Power?

The Monroe Doctrine was the declaration by President James Monroe, in December 1823, that the United States would not tolerate a European nation colonizing an independent nation in North or South America. Any such intervention in the western hemisphere would be considered a hostile act by the United States, though the United States would respect existing European colonies. The Doctrine not only ended up becoming successful in protecting the Western Hemisphere, but it also played a big role in politics. It would be accurate to say that the Monroe Doctrine has changed the course of world history. No longer were we [ U.S.] free game for imperialistic European countries. Without outside interference, the Latin American countries were able to develop their internal interests. If it weren't for the Monroe Doctrine life would be different for Latin America and if Spain were to have its way and colonize, the borders would be separated by colonies rather than countries and whatnot. The United States would eventually throw the last remnants of the Spanish Empire out of the hemisphere in 1898 in a 100 day conflict known as the Spanish-American War. The Monroe Doctrine has been called upon many times in American history to justify American actions in South and Central America. The threat to America's security in the region has changed with time, but as the Cuban Missile crisis in 1961 illustrated, the threats were often genuine. The overall effect of the Monroe Doctrine on U.S. politics eventually became highly important to the country as it grew to a superpower. With the purchase of Alaska,

the U.S. removed Russia's hold on its part of the Western Hemisphere. This was followed at the turn of the century with the U.S. successfully ousting the remnants of European influence during the Spanish-American War. This left the Americas with limited foreign...
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