The Monroe Doctrine

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The Monroe Doctrine Forty-seven years after the Declaration of Independence enter James Monroe, fifth President of the United States (1817-1825). Monroe was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia April 28, 1758. He was of the planter class, and fought in the American Revolutionary War. After the war Monroe would study law under Thomas Jefferson, and then serve as a delegate in the Continental Congress. Monroe was extremely active as an anti-federalist delegate and helped prevent ratification of the United States Constitution stating it gives too much power to central government. In 1790 Monroe was elected to the Senate of the United States Congress and had many success including helping negotiate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Later during the War of 1812 Monroe held many critical positions including Secretary of State and Secretary of War under the then current President James Madison. 1816 being the next election year, Monroe ran for President of the United States and won with over 80 percent of the electoral vote. James Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States. Unarguable one of the most important, and most famous contributions that Monroe made during his presidency was the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine declares that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with North or South American States would be viewed as an act of aggression requiring United States intervention. The Monroe Doctrine differs from the Declaration of Independence as it is not specific to the United States alone as it declared no other countries could control countries within the United States “sphere of influence.” The Monroe Doctrine would uphold republican institutions of government and seek treaties of commerce. The Monroe Doctrine set the United States apart from other countries specifically Europe, to extend

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