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tiemau | Honors

Posted July 30, 2013 at 11:34 PM via web

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The United States has repeatedly intervened in the affairs of many Latin American countries in the past century based upon the Monroe Doctrine and the Roosevelt Corollary, What are these two doctrines about?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM (Answer #1)

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Both of these doctrines are about the idea that the United States should be the most important power in the Western Hemisphere.  They were issued decades apart, with the second (the Roosevelt Corollary) claiming more power for the US than the first did.

The Monroe Doctrine was announced in 1823.  This doctrine was inspired largely by the fact that so many Latin American countries were becoming independent at that time.  The doctrine stated that the United States would not tolerate any outside powers coming in and interfering with the newly independent countries.  In other words, no European countries should try to recolonize the newly freed countries or otherwise try to take control of them.

The Roosevelt Corollary was set out in 1904.  It asserted that the US had the right to intervene in the affairs of Latin American countries if those countries were acting in ways that made it likely that European countries would intervene.  For example, if a country in Latin America was defaulting on its debts, the US could go in and take over the country and force it to pay its debts to prevent European countries from coming to try to collect the debts by force.

This second doctrine was more expansive because it claimed that the US had the right to intervene preemptively in the affairs of its Latin neighbors.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2014 at 7:50 PM (Answer #2)

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The Roosevelt Corollary asserted America's right to intervene in the affairs of Central America and the Caribbean. Roosevelt issued the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine to forestall European intervention

The Monroe Doctrine was intended to war France, Russia, and Spain against further colonization and intervention in the New World. It was also to express opposition to further European colonization in the new world, assert American independence in foreign policy. The United States lacked the military power to enforce the Monroe Doctrine.

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