Future Colonization:

Monroe Doctrine: the bold foreign policy statement.

Americas Perspective:

Understandably, the United States has always taken a particular interest in its closest neighbors- the nations of the Western Hemisphere. Equally understandable, expressions of this concern have not always been favorably regarded by other American nations.

The Monroe Doctrine is the best known U.S. policy toward the Western Hemisphere. Buried in a routine annual message delivered to Congress by President James Monroe in December 1823, the doctrine warns European nations that the United States would not tolerate further colonization or puppet monarchs. The doctrine was conceived to meet major concerns of the moment, but it soon became a watchword of U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere.