The Monroe Doctrine: December 2, 1823


In light of the probable future of Spanish military intervention in Central and South America to reclaim its newly emancipated colonies, Great Britain offers America an interesting proposition. British Foreign Minister George Canning recommends that the United States and Great Britain jointly issue a declaration forbidding any other powers in Europe from reinstating or expanding their influence in the Americas. On December 2nd of 1823, U.S. President James Monroe responds during his address to Congress with an emphatic rejection of such an alliance, and in what has since become known as the Monroe Doctrine, pledges that the United States would treat all attempts of any renewed European influence in the American continents with impartial hostility.  Read more on Landmarks of Liberty

E. Wesley – Mackinac Center Intern

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