What is Significant about the Monroe Doctrine?

The year is 1823, and the U.S. President was James Monroe. Monroe was the fifth president of the United States, and it was still a new country. Monroe gave his State of the Union Address to Congress, which established a robust foreign policy that continues to this day. The speech that Monroe delivered would contain what would later be known as the famous “Monroe Doctrine.” Monroe’s Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams, helped write the speech and is said to be a significant contributor to it. During this time the United States had less than half of the states and territories it claims today. The Monroe Doctrine basically announced that further European colonization in the Western Hemisphere or the “New World” was at an end. If another country did interfere in the region the United States would react. Having limited resources and having recently gained independence, the Monroe Doctrine was a way for the United States to warn other countries from meddling in an area close to it. Later, the Monroe Doctrine did contribute to the expansion of the United States westward and was part of its decision to enter the Spanish-American War. This historical document was a highlight of James Monroe’s career and is still significant today.