The Roosevelt Corollary greatly affected American foreign policy. It was in sharp contrast to the Monroe Doctrine, put in place to stop foreign intervention with the American continents. In 1823 President Monroe implemented US policy that stated European powers were not allowed to colonize or interfere with the newly budding United States or the Americas. In 1904 President Roosevelt expanded upon this policy in response to European intervention with Latin America. This policy became known as the Roosevelt Corollary.
Rafe Blaufarb’s main argument within “The Western Question: The Geopolitics of Latin American Independence” is that of the geopolitical events that took place during 1815 to 1820. The result of the Spanish imperial collapse was significant to the independence of Latin America were impacted by Britain, France, the United States, and individuals; royalsit, privateers, and Bonapartists. International competition between the North Atlantic powers, particularly France and Britain, as well ass the effects of the Napoleonic time period effected Spanish America and Spanish geopolitics (Blaufarb, 743). Britain’s main interests dealt with free commerce between themselves and Latin America, while remaining allies with the Spanish. Their main concern
John Quincy Adams, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton (just to name a few) were all men who had very different opinions on this delicate subject. John Quincy Adams was one individual that believed that foreign policy was hindering the United States from expanding. In 1823, Napoleon had conquered Spain and Portugal, which resulted in Spain loosing most of its political power in Latin America. This meant that most of the Spanish empire was now nonexistent. President James Monroe soon discovered that France wanted to re-establish a Spanish American empire.
The repercusions of this evet rolled through Latin America and primed the atmosphere for revolution. The colonial people of Latin America had no loyalty to the new Jing Joseph. This lack of respect for the new power also contributed greatly to the Revolutionary spirit. The invasion of Spain by Napolien represents the final straw on the colonial back. There were three other main problems with the Spanish empire that agreed with revolution.
This posed a quandary for the Latin Americans, since a United States strong enough to protect them from Europe was also strong enough to pose a threat itself. When Secretary of State James G. Blaine hosted the first Pan-American Conference in 1889, Argentina proposed the Calvo Doctrine asking all parties to renounce special privileges in other states. The United States refused. After the Spanish-American War in 1898 the United States strengthened its power in the Caribbean by annexing Puerto Rico, declaring Cuba a virtual protectorate in the Platt Amendment (1901), and manipulating Colombia into granting independence to Panama (1904), which in turn invited the United States to build and control the Panama Canal. The secretary of war, Elihu Root, formulated the Platt Amendment; Sen. Orville H. Platt of Connecticut presented the amendment to the Senate.
Eventually the colonists reached the boiling point and took action to separate themselves permanently from the tight control of the British Crown. The political objectives of the British Empire in the American Colonies were to maintain economic and political control over its subjects. The political objectives of the Colonies towards Britain, however were just the opposite, namely to free themselves from a distant and tax-hungry regime. There is a parallel to the next major American military conflict. Before the American Civil War, the southern states were at odds with the Federal Union (the North).
Finally, the citizens of Colombia sit in a horrible position. By intervening and eliminating the terror groups in Colombia, America would aid the innocent civilians tremendously. In its current fragile state, Colombia poses a clear and present danger to the United States, now more than ever. America must find a way to solve the Colombian problem, or the American people will suffer the consequences. Common Dreams Newscenter, an organization having the vague mission statement, “working to bring progressive Americans together to promote progressive visions for America’s future” argues against American military assistance to Colombia (US Finds).
In Emily Rosenberg's book Spreading The American Dream: American Economic and Cultural Expansion, she chronicles the history of American expansionism throughout the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and the Far East. I contend that not only does the United States disregard their path towards liberalism when it suits their interests, but also that the United States' intervention in Latin America was meant to undercut European competition while boosting their own economic supremacy throughout the world. The conflicts between global economic expansion and classic liberalism presented themselves beginning with McKinley's presidency, evolving but still conflicting all the way through the Truman administration. With an increased government role in foreign
Assume for a moment that you are an American colonist who is attempting to break away from the imperialistic power of Great Britain. During the time of Great Britain’s reign over the colonies, you feel as though Great Britain has progressed into a mother country that is both unfair and untrustworthy to the colonists of America. Although there may be numerous explanations as to why the colonists transformed into revolutionaries against the mother country of Great Britain, there is one recognizable reason that drove the colonists towards independence. The colonists of America hated the implementation of taxes on the colonies, which drove the revolutionaries to act out against Great Britain. Some relevant ways the colonists approached their disgust with the taxes is through documents, events, and prominent key figures.
American’s rebellious nature against the new taxations methods lead to the creation of The Stamp Act Congress. The Stamp Act Congress denied the right of parliament to levy an internal tax in the colonies, and voiced American’s discontent. The colonist insisted the detested the law be repealed, and reinforced their demand by refusing to import British goods. Leading Britain to become furious with her distant subjects as the colonist began declaring acts of tyranny against them. With the refusal of British imports in America and constant riots British troops were sent to Boston to protect the Customs Commissioners, but were met by angry colonist leading to the Boston Massacre ... ... middle of paper ... ...as the war became more costly, and no longer worth Britain’s troubles as America made it clear they would continue the fight.