Monroe Doctrine

915 Words4 Pages
The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 remains to have significant influence across every nation. Sovereigns upon this international stage have adopted this political order as part of their foreign policy. Initially established by President James Monroe, it has become a longstanding presence within the United States foreign policy over the years. The original purpose of the Monroe Doctrine was to secure the “continents” of the United States from outside threats; more importantly, from any further advancement of the European nation. As a young nation maturing into a respected power, the United States, a spectator society as it were, would ideally police and protect their “brethren republics” of Latin America and other nations within the Western…show more content…
Resulting and increasing exponentially as a result of the War of 1812 (and other successful battles), the people took pride in their new found independence and boasted their feelings. They did this by believing in the Manifest Destiny ideology in which as the only Republic of their kind, it was their duty to propagate American beliefs globally (as well as continentally). The fundamental components comprising the foreign policy established by Jackson meshed with the sense of power that was blanketing the nation. People began to believe in the ideals of Manifest Destiny and the notion claimed by John Quincy Adams, “that the United States and North America were identical.” This imperialistic notion, as well as the fear of European encroachment amidst the Western Hemisphere, fueled the expansion towards Latin America. At first, it wasn’t international to hinder the freedoms of rising nations, nor to exercise surveillance over foreign power relations. Yet, due to cultural factors regarding the increasing importance of the United States as a world power, the need of the doctrine changed course for expansion. Regarding their foreign policy, this drastic shift in ideology simultaneously affected American…show more content…
As first proclaimed in 1823 by President James Monroe, the implicit nature was a passive statement to the Easter Hemisphere. It promised the protection of territories within the Western Hemisphere and gave hope and inspiration to the people that the United States will continue their passive protection. However, with the actions and voice of President Polk, certain political, social, and cultural factors changed the attitudes of the policy and the people. This shift to an aggressive policy changed the world’s outlook towards the United States and established the vast expansion of the North American territory as a great and powerful

More about Monroe Doctrine

Open Document