America 's Changing Foreign Policy

2460 Words May 23rd, 2016 10 Pages
The Monroe Doctrine was an assertion of President James Monroe regarding U.S. foreign policy in 1823. In the Doctrine, the President denounced European powers’ any further attempt to colonize and exploit Latin American countries, while promising not to interfere any existing European colonies in the Americas. The Monroe Doctrine was one of the greatest turning points in American foreign policy as it marked the beginning of America’s rapid development as a world power. Over the past two hundred years of history, the meaning of the Monroe Doctrine had been altered multiple times in order to suit America’s changing foreign policy. For example, in the 1840s, President James Polk used the Monroe Doctrine as an excuse to annex surrounding territories such as Texas from Mexico in 1848. While the Monroe Doctrine was first issued in 1823 as a defense towards European imperialism, the U.S. later enlarged the meaning of the doctrine gradually and used it as a means to justify its desire to expand as the U.S. developed its strength and credibility. The United States initially issued the Monroe Doctrine to keep the European totalitarianism from spreading to the Americas. As a young nation whose strength was still too weak compared to the European powers, the U.S. in the beginning of the 1800s desperately needed a place that was left alone for it to develop itself. However, the looming threat of imperialism in Europe did not lighten the mood of the United States. In…
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