Monroe Doctrine

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Monroe Doctrine:

Monroe Doctrine By: Michael Rodriguez 1 st Block

James Monroe(1758-1831) :

James Monroe(1758-1831) James Monroe was a Virginia native born on April 28 th , 1758 Monroe was a patriot in the New World and wanted to break away from the British control Monroe dropped out of college to enroll into the continental army to fight for independence During the war he fought in battles in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey

Monroe’s Political Career:

Monroe’s Political Career Monroe became a delegate in the Virginia Assembly and the next year was chosen as a Virginia representative to the Congress of the Confederation He then was elected to the Congress of the Confederation in 1783 until 1786 Monroe then went on to pursue a legal career. He became an attorney for the state of Virginia and elected into the Virginia House of Delegates Monroe was also in favor of ratifying the new constitution as he became a delegate of the Virginia Ratifying Convention Later on in the 1790’s President George Washington appointed Monroe to the Ambassador of France in fear of going to war with them James Monroe did not please Washington while in France, so Washington fired him in 1796 Once back, Monroe became the governor of Virginia from 1799-1802 He was elected president of the United States in 1816-1824

James Monroe :

James Monroe

Leading up to the Doctrine:

Leading up to the Doctrine The causes of the Monroe Doctrine began at the end of the American Revolution where the Americans defeated the British and won their independence in the New World. The problem that arose from this was Britain never left the Americas. The British went up to Canada and remained a problem for the new Americans. The U.S. slowly gained more and more western land after the revolution as the British, Spanish, Indians occupied the Oregon land. The U.S. Government did not do much about the countries settled in the Oregon Country as they did not own it so there is not much they can do. There then was the War of 1812 where the U.S. had to go to war with Great Britain for impressing U.S. sailors and refusing to agree to the U.S. maritime rights. The result of this war gave the U.S. the recognition of being an independent nation they have sought after since the American Revolution.

Leading Up to the doctrine continued:

Leading Up to the doctrine continued The war helped the U.S. to acquire Florida and keep the land from the Louisiana purchase as Andrew Jackson won a battle in New Orleans to save Louisiana and went on to Florida and won battles there to get Florida to the U.S. With the U.S. even stronger and more powerful, they did not want anyone in their territory or even near it. The British, Indians, and now Russians now occupy the Oregon Land, but the U.S. did nothing about it. The tolerating of this foreign presence was shut down when the Russians built a fort, Fort Ross, in the Oregon Country. This set off the American Government as they wanted the Europeans out. Spain’s rule in South America was coming to an end as well and many colonies were gaining independence as the Spanish Government just abandoned them. The U.S., not pleased with the Russian fort, and afraid of European countries colonizing the new vulnerable South American colonies, had to take action.

Monroe Doctrine:

Monroe Doctrine The U.S. had to do something to keep away the Europeans from the Americas, so they proposed the Monroe Doctrine on December 2 nd ,1823. John Quincy Adams, John Adams’ son, proposed and wrote the Monroe Doctrine declared that any European country that does not own a colony already in the Americas can not enter, and they can no longer colonize the Americas. President Monroe claimed there would be consequences to violating this doctrine, but the U.S. was just bluffing hoping no one would break it. The Monroe Doctrine was a success as the Europeans obeyed and stayed away from the Americas

John Quincy Adams:

John Quincy Adams

Significance of the doctrine:

Significance of the doctrine With the Europeans out of the picture in the west of the Americas, the U.S. was able to acquire the western land with ease. The U.S. was also able to focus more on inventing things to improve agriculture, machinery, etc. The U.S. also grew stronger ties with South America for trading purposes as the South Americans needed help and the U.S. was the only help they could get as the Europeans weren’t allowed in

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