Monroe Doctrine

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  • A principle articulated by President James Monroe in his seventh annual message to Congress on December 2, 1823. The purpose of this message was to institute a policy against Europe's threat to support Spain's restoration of the colonies in the Americas, even though these governments had already declared independence from Spain.

    The resulting address, which became known as the Monroe Doctrine, specified three main areas of U.S. policy: (1) recognition of the separate political systems between the Americas and Europe, (2) noncolonization of the Americas, and (3) nonintervention of the United States in European politics unless territory in the Americas was threatened. The Monroe Doctrine was intended to be a policy rule for the United States. It did not institute any protocols with Europe, and Europe ...

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