Evaluate this 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." How does this statement hold up against specific foreign-policy actions of the time?

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Roosevelt's Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine made the United States the protector of other nations in the Western Hemisphere, especially those in Latin America and the Caribbean. Roosevelt stated that the United States was not doing this to grab territory for itself; rather, it was in the best interest of these nations.

Roosevelt was quite paternalistic in his view of the non-white citizens of Latin America. He saw them as being misguided and in need of the U.S. to provide the best government for them. While Roosevelt did not attempt to annex any land in the Caribbean, he intervened significantly to ensure that American business interests were upheld. He rejected Latin Americans' needs to govern themselves. Roosevelt ensured that these governments paid off their debts to foreign investment companies by using the U.S. military to commandeer local customs houses. Roosevelt's backing of pro-business governments without regard to the people who lived there made the United States appear to be yet another imperialist in the eyes of many Latin Americans. Roosevelt first put his Corollary into practice in the Dominican Republic in 1904.

While Roosevelt did not annex any land, his Corollary denied Latin Americans the right to control their own destiny. Roosevelt's paternalistic attitude was not uncommon for the time period; however, it gave the United States a poor image in Latin America for many years.

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