Monroe Doctrine Dbq

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The Monroe Doctrine was presented to the public by James Monroe, who was president at the time, during his annual State of the Union address to Congress in 1823. The Monroe Doctrine influenced American foreign policy in the early 19th century by outlining three major ideas that will influence American foreign policy for years to come: European countries can’t colonize in the Americas; the United States will treat any attempt at colonization as a threat to its security; and the United States will only be involved in European affairs if America’s rights are endangered.

The Monroe Doctrine was written at a time when Latin American colonies were gaining independence from Spain and Portugal. The United States wanted to ensure no European power