Roosevelt Corollary

By: Gina, Valeria, Tyler

The Roosevelt Corollary was an addition to the Monroe Doctrine by President Theodore Roosevelt.

What was it?

The Roosevelt Corollary (1904) gave the United States the power they did not have. The Monroe Doctrine was written to keep Europe out of the US. The Corollary took the doctrine to the next level by giving the U.S. police power to interfere with the western hemisphere when needed. By saying that, any Latin American nation engaging "chronic wrongdoing" (large debts or civil unrest), could be stopped by the United States police. It also stated that Europe had to continue to stay across the atlantic.

"Chronic wrongdoing . . . may in America, as elsewhere, ultimately require intervention by some civilized nation, and in the Western Hemisphere the adherence of the United States to the Monroe Doctrine may force the United States, however reluctantly, in flagrant cases of such wrongdoing or impotence, to the exercise of an international police power."

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