Monroe Doctrine Essay

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There have been numerous documents that have impacted the United States of America after 1787, but none have quite changed the trajectory of the nation like the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine was an address to Congress declaring that no European or foreign power could further colonize lands in the Americas. Though President Monroe is credited for the doctrine, it was really his Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams, that was the mastermind behind the document that forever changed American politics. It has been so influential that the doctrine itself has been used as justification for actions by the U.S. all the way into the 21st century. The Monroe Doctrine put the United States not only on the path to becoming a regional power, but…show more content…
Since the discovery of the New World, European powers have challenged each other for new colonies in the Americas, but the Monroe Doctrine set out to end the threat of foreigners taking over neighboring regions. The document would be used to enhance the power of the US, such as told in The Monroe Doctrine: The Cornerstone of American Foreign Policy, by Edward J. Renehan Jr., when it says,“When Monroe had indicated that the Western Hemisphere was not available for European colonialism, Polk expanded on this to make clear that the U.S. would not allow Europeans to interfere with U.S. territorial ambitions in the same hemisphere” (90). Before the United States could grow and gain more power, it had to ensure that there would be no competitors. The Monroe Doctrine made the U.S. the sole expanding nation in the region, a nation whose homeland was in the Americas itself. One aspect of gaining global prestige is to create a belief in oneself or one 's fellow man that it is their duty, their right, to spread their nation’s culture. This was called Manifest Destiny, an idea firmly supported by President James K. Polk when, “...Polk once again invoked the Monroe Doctrine when he warned against European interloping on the Yucatan…show more content…
As the architect behind the Monroe Doctrine, John Quincy Adams, once said, “I believe that [the Monroe Doctrine] will wear well through the years, and deliver good service not only to the United States, but to mankind. In crafting something of use in our own time, our immediate moment, we may well have designed a device that will last and be of service through the centuries. I hope so” (Renehan 89). He is most certainly correct, since the western hemisphere as well as much of the world has been protected from incalculable threats by the global power which is the U.S. The Monroe Doctrine paved the way for the United States of America to wield the immensely important power of being the protector of freedom and democracy in a dangerous world, and it is the doctrine that will allow this nation to continue to battle both the militant and ideological threats that are certain to arise in an increasingly unstable
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