11 Facts About Monroe Doctrine


Monroe Doctrine was a United States foreign policy position that opposed European colonialism in the Western Hemisphere.

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Full document of the Monroe Doctrine, written chiefly by future-President and then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, is long and couched in diplomatic language, but its essence is expressed in two key passages.

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Reaction in Latin America to the Monroe Doctrine was generally favorable but on some occasions suspicious.

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Olney claimed that the Monroe Doctrine gave the U S authority to mediate border disputes in the Western Hemisphere.

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Olney extended the meaning of the Monroe Doctrine, which had previously stated merely that the Western Hemisphere was closed to additional European colonization.

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President Theodore Roosevelt rejected this policy as an extension of the Monroe Doctrine, declaring, "We do not guarantee any state against punishment if it misconducts itself".

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One main point in the Clark Memorandum was to note that the Monroe Doctrine was based on conflicts of interest only between the United States and European nations, rather than between the United States and Latin American nations.

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Monroe Doctrine means what it has meant since President Monroe and John Quincy Adams enunciated it, and that is that we would oppose a foreign power extending its power to the Western Hemisphere [sic], and that is why we oppose what is happening in Cuba today.

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Venezuela's representative listed 27 interventions in Latin America that Venezuela considers to be implementations of the Monroe Doctrine and stated that, in the context of the statements, they consider it "a direct military threat to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela".

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Monroe Doctrine'storians have observed that while the Doctrine contained a commitment to resist further European colonialism in the Americas, it resulted in some aggressive implications for American foreign policy, since there were no limitations on the US's own actions mentioned within it.

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Noam Chomsky argues that in practice the Monroe Doctrine has been used by the U S government as a declaration of hegemony and a right of unilateral intervention over the Americas.

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