Monroe Doctrine Essay

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On December 2, 1823, President James Monroe articulated his seventh annual message to Congress. This message presented Americans with a statement that changed the way the Western Hemisphere would be view and how international affairs toward the new Latin colonies would be handle from this point forward. It addressed European nations in particular and stated that “the United States would not tolerate further colonization or puppet nations” The Monroe Doctrine was initially designed to protect the Latin colonies but later President Theodore Roosevelt extended the Doctrine to include the United States would be the policing powers of the Western Hemisphere, this became known as the Roosevelt Corollary. Roosevelt stated that the United …show more content…
We feel it is our duty to implement a standard of conduct for the world to follow in order for a common sense of unity and security. Often times I will here an American state that we are not the world police, but on the contrary we are the Western Hemisphere police.
There have been many different occasions in history that the Monroe Doctrine has been exercised to settle unrest, usually ending with Marines being sent it to fortify unrest. Three of the main events that have required the U.S. to take action according to the policy are in 1904 involving the Santo Domingo, 1911 with Nicaragua and in 1911 during the Haiti crisis.
The U.S. involvement in the Santo Domingo affair happened when U.S. interests were being affected by the fighting between government and rebels troops. The interests were sugar plantations that were owned by Americans that were suffering damage by the fighting forces. U.S. naval troops patrol the hostile coasts and while patrolling the Caribbean Sea the USS Yankee witnessed the fighting and decided to send soldiers ashore to make contact with the Dominicans. As soon as the soldiers left the USS Yankee they incurred firing from the rebels and a soldier was shot and killed. The young soldier was a Seaman by the name of J.C. Johnston, and was buried in Santo
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