Evaluate the statement from the Roosevelt Corollary: "It is not true that the United States feels any land hunger or entertains any projects as regards the other nations of the Western Hemisphere save as such are for their welfare." Is this statement true as Roosevelt intended it?

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The legitimacy of this statement really just depends on your evaluation of the circumstances of the Roosevelt administration surrounding it. I typically tend to disagree with it, and most American historians have taken a view that the United States in the late-nineteenth century was an expansionist empire just like any other. Although the Roosevelt Corollary was originally intended to serve as a corrective to the Monroe Doctrine, which forbade further European colonization of the Americas, it eventually became a pretext to justify American imperialism of its own.

In the first place, American westward expansion consumed more and more indigenous lands since the antebellum period. Several historians have pointed out the devastating...

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