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Monroe DoctrineThe Monroe Doctrine Monroes gift to mankindOn December 2 1823 Monroe went to Congress and delivered one of the most important speeches of his life indeed one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States The contents of this speech became known as the Monroe DoctrineDuring this period of time many Americans believed that there should be enough land for every American citizen what was known as the Manifest Destiny and the only method in which the United States was to acquire more lands was through expansion Another justification for land expansion was that the people of the United States were superior to other people and should therefore extend their boundaries in order to elevate the other people to the American level of superiority This was known as the City on a Hill principle At the time of the presentation of the Monroe Doctrine many countries in Central and South America were declaring their independence or achieved independence from their European colonizers The European powers were reluctant to give up their territory in the Americas and were prepared to use force to keep them This led Monroe to state The Government of the United States has been desirous by this friendly proceeding for asserting as a principle in which the rights and interests of the United States are involved that the American continents by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonisation by any European powers 1This declaration was meant to keep the Europeans out of American affairs and in return America would stay out of European affairs He also described under what conditions the United States would feel threatened when he stated We owe it therefore to candor and to the amicable relations existing between the United States and powers to declare that we should consider any attempt
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