By American Journalist: Olivia Rambo
President James Monroe declared that the Old World and the New World must remain as separate nations. He declared this in his annual message to congress on December 2, 1823. Throughout his message he stated four main points. Monroe's first main point was that the US would not interfere with European wars of power, or the internal affairs of European countries. His second main point was that the US would not interfere but still recognize the other colonies that already existed. The third main point was that the Western hemisphere was to have no more colonization in the future. His fourth and final point was that any efforts made by Europe to establish a colony would be considered a hostile act. The Monroe Doctrine asserts a protection for the United States over the western hemisphere. The doctrine warns all European countries to stay out of the US. When the US began to emerge as a world power, the doctrine became to be recognized ad a sphere of influence.