James Monroe


What was the Monroe Doctrine?

The Monroe Doctrine was a foreign policy statement announced by President Monroe during his seventh annual address to Congress delivered in December 1823. The doctrine established that the United States would not interfere with developments on the European continent, but that the United States would oppose vigorously any attempt by European countries with suspicion and “as dangerous to our peace and safety.” Historians have lauded the doctrine as one of the most significant statements in the history of American foreign policy.


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